Indian National Congress in Madhya Pradesh issued a notice to the candidates aspiring for tickets. ‘Social media’ activity of the MLAs would be taken into consideration for ticket distribution in the poll-bound state. The party has announced that the tickets will be given only to those having huge social media following.
Making it mandatory, the party has declared that the ticket aspirants must have 15,000 likes on their Facebook page and 5,000 followers on the Twitter account.
Moreover, the aspirants should be a part of several local WhatsApp groups, as per the Madhya Pradesh Congress document.
The Congress will be listing the names of 230 candidates whom the party will send out in the battleground to contest in the upcoming assembly elections. However, this not the first time when the Congress has laid stress on social media during the poll campaign. Before this, during the assembly elections in Gujarat, the party started a campaign aiming at PM Modi’s ‘Vikas Model’.
BJP state spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai has criticised the Congress’ diktat for having social media followers to get a ticket and said, BJP does not oppose social media but would abstain from making it mandatory for MLAs.