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Parties on tech bandwagon in Maharashtra Assembly polls

With SMSes and emails becoming passe, political parties are now harnessing blogs, websites and social networking sites as cheaper and faster means of reaching out to the voters for the October 13 Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

mumbai Updated: Sep 24, 2009 15:40 IST

With SMSes and emails becoming passe, political parties are now harnessing blogs, websites and social networking sites as cheaper and faster means of reaching out to the voters for the October 13 Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

Out to steal a march over other parties, the BJP will soon launch a blog to communicate with the electorate and get their feedback immediately.

In a couple of days, our blog would be activated and voters can be in direct touch with our leaders, head of BJPs IT cell Vinit Goenka, a former IBM hand, told PTI.

The party is also going to start its account on social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook and Twitter, as these are the cheapest and the fastest means of communication during the economic slowdown, Goenka said.

SMSes and emails are traditional ways to woo voters but social communication sites are something really new and appealing to youngsters, Goenka said. BJP has an IT team of about 130 members from various fields voluntarily working for the party.

Goenka said he recently organised an online chat for state BJP president Nitin Gadkari through rediff.com and the response was tremendous. We plan to conduct more such programmes in days to come, he said.