Social media takes lead by announcing prospective candidates

  • Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 00:05 IST

The delay in the announcement of prospective candidates by political parties for the state assembly polls, has given the smartphone users, the social media sites like WhatsApp chance to declare their favourite candidates.

This exercise, though a hypothetical one, has however, given a break to those who have a stake or are vying for tickets to contest the forthcoming assembly polls.

The trend of circulating messages containing names of prospective candidates for the assembly polls particularly from the BJP is doing the rounds in social media circles ever since the schedule of election was announced on Saturday evening.

If one list of BJP candidates for 14 assembly constituencies appears in the morning, the other set of 27 BJP candidates' names emerges in the evening for different assembly segments of the Jammu region.
However, the interesting aspect of both the lists is that whosoever circulates them possesses a great imagination. The names of the candidates in some of the constituencies contain a slight variation and even some names of leaders representing other political parties who have not yet formally joined the saffron party, too, appear.

Moreover, one message even claimed that BJP general secretary JP Nadda in presence of party J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna and state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma has announced the list of candidates in New Delhi.

In the first list appeared on social media, BJP candidate from Jammu East was senior leader Ashok Khajuria while the other list named Yudhveer Sethi.

Similarly, for the Gandhi Nagar segment, the WhatsApp message had two different names- Sunil Sethi and Aditi Sharma.

The two lists vary as far as seven other assembly constituencies of Raipur-Domana, Suchetgarh, Basohli, Chhamb (Khour), Akhnoor, RS Pura and Marh are concerned.

Meanwhile, when contacted the state BJP's spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan rubbished the claims made by some anonymous persons in WhatsApp messages.

"BJP has not come out with any list of candidates. No official declaration has been made. The names are yet to be finalised. The names being circulated in social media is figment of imagination of some unscrupulous elements that have vested interests and are pursuing their own personal agenda. BJP has nothing to do with it," said Balbir Ram.

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