Bengaluru: BJP envisages creation of 50k WhatsApp groups to strengthen voter base

Daijiworold Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Jul 17: It is learnt that BJP has planned to create over 50,000 WhatsApp groups in the state for keeping party workers and voters of the party together. With this, it has begun preparations for the next year's assembly election in all earnestness.

BJP wants to make use of WhatsApp to keep in constant touch with booth level office bearers of the party, and through them, attract voters towards the party. Already district level and assembly constituency level groups have been created. In course of time, groups are planned to be created at zilla panchayat constituency, taluk panchayat constituency and booth levels. Instructions towards this end have already been passed on to district heads.

The party, it is said, had identified over 54,000 booths in the state. For strengthening party organization through booth level office bearers, it has appointed over 25,000 party Vistaraks. Through the office bearers, WhatsApp groups are planned to be created at booth level. Office bearers of booth level groups will be members of district level WhatsApp groups, Eranna Kadadi, a BJP leader stated.

It is normal for parties to create Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups during election. This was being done on the basis interest undertaken by local office bearers. But BJP wants to give this sytem official recognition. The party proposes to collect information from all these groups, but before such groups can be formed, permission from the president of district level unit is compulsory, said state unit vice president of BJP, Raju Chikkanaaoudar.

Under this plan, BJP booth level president will be the admin for the WhatsApp group of that booth. Every assembly constituency have 200 to250 booths. By bringing together these presidents, a WhatsApp group is created at assembly constituency level. Their admins will be members of district level group[s. From every groups, a couple of state level office bearers will be members. Information about publicity about central government schemes and party's decisions and thinking process would be shared through these groups. Booth level office bearers conduct meeting and convey information to constiuency or district level groups. BJP feels this will ensure that it gets support of many youngsters.