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Digital 'Raths', Virtual Rallies Set Tone For Upcoming Bihar Elections

Digital 'Raths', Virtual Rallies Set Tone For Upcoming Bihar Elections

With Bihar state assembly elections inching closer, major political parties have started their extravagant campaigns. But this time, rallies will take a different shape. Political parties are now planning to go digital as the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Bihar is not going to encourage voters to gather in huge numbers in grounds and stadiums.

Rath with a twist

The BJP is leading the fray through several virtual rallies of senior party leaders from the Centre and state. To make Bihar elections more engaging, BJP is now planning to reach out to masses through digital ‘raths’ (vehicles). The party has finalised a prototype of the rath which might have large digital screens playing recorded or live speeches of party leaders.

“It will go to every nook and corner of the state and will showcase the achievements of the NDA government at the Centre and the state,” Sanjay Jaiswal, state BJP president, told ET. “We plan to introduce it on September 25.”

Big names like BJP national president JP Nadda, national general secretary BL Santosh and Bihar election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis are expected to meet several times in Patna.

How’s JD(U) doing? 

The ruling Janta Dal-United (JDU) will kick off its campaign with chief minister Nitish Kumar addressing the first virtual election rally ‘Nischay Samvad’, on Monday (August 7). A new platform ‘JDU Live’ has been set up to facilitate the meeting.

  • “This platform will enable us to connect to one to 10 lakh people simultaneously which was not possible through any other medium,” said Ashok Choudhary, a cabinet minister in Bihar government, who is also behind this project.

Congress goes virtual too

Opposition parties like Congress have also laid out their plans to campaign virtually. Congress will start around 100 virtual meetings ‘Bihar Kranti Maha Sammelan’ from August 7.  Senior party leaders Raj Babbar and Digvijaya Singh will kick off the first rally and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi will join the digital campaign soon.

Lalu’s RJD goes hybrid

Manoj Jha, RJD leader and Rajya Sabha member, said that the voter base believes in physical contact. Therefore, the party is following a mix of digital and physical outreach programmes to win the heart of voters. заявка на займ онлайнзайм от 18 лет на картуглавный займ красноярск займ в хабаровске100% займзайм онлайн киви

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