Haryana elections: A day before polling, loyalists garner support in virtual world

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 11:19 IST

The candidates contesting the Haryana assembly elections might have kept themselves off field after the campaigning ended on Monday, but that did not deter the enthusiasm of their supporters as they took on to the virtual world, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to garner support for them in all possible manner.

The video clip of Indian National Lok Dal leaders Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA son Ajay Chautala, showing how they were jailed for 'no fault' of theirs went viral after several people shared it and posted their comments, expressing solidarity with the Chautalas.

Another video showing Mahendergarh’s incumbent MLA Rao Daan Singh of Congress allegedly seeking bribe for getting land cleared in the name of ‘Change of Land Use’ also remained a hot topic of discussion on social networking sites.

Meanwhile, a video showing BJP Mahendergarh nominee and state chief Ram Bilas Sharma distributing money to voters in a Dalit basti also generated a lot of interest among the netizens.

Deepinder Singh Hooda, Congress Rohtak MP and son of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also posted a video on Facebook in which he has urged the voters to choose the grand old party if they felt it had worked for their development. Hooda posted a video clip showing as how the public came in huge numbers to listen to him during his poll campaigns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the most discussed leaders online as his supporters appealed the Haryana voters to give him one chance for complete transformation of the agrarian state, while opposite camps remained offensive by dubbing Modi as 'Feku'.

However, public seemed to be divided in their opinion about Dera Sacha Sauda’s open support to BJP. It remained a topic of discussion after some net users expressed solidarity with Dera's decision to remain neutral, while others condemned it for changing its stand.

Several online users even posted their choice of chief ministerial candidate if BJP was voted to power. INLD supporters in virtual world, however, remained stuck to their stand to seeing jailed party supremo Om Prakash Chautala as their lone choice for the coveted post.

Congress loyalists, too, seemed to support chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the third time CM of Haryana.

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