Delhi polls: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube used for campaigning

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New Delhi, Apr 7: From Mamata Banerjee to Akhilesh Yadav - all have chosen social networking sites for their election campaigning. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube have become the new weapons for all candidates who contest in elections. Candidates for the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls 2012 are also no exceptions.

According to a survey, people spent 7-8 hours surfing the internet and 65 percent of Delhi's youth is under 40 years of age. Following the results of the survey, candidates have taken help from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to reach the youths in the capital.

Ankita Saini (22), who has studied in Canada and the youngest candidate of the polls, said, "I have created my page 'Support Ankita Saini' on Facebook which has already got 200 likes. My TV interviews, photographs, newspapers clippings feature on my page which will help the common man know more about me."

While talking about the reach of internet and social networking sites among the people, Saini claimed, "My ward comes under the upscale zone where people are aware of networking websites, They would like to read about their candidates and their background."

Meanwhile, Arvind Gupta, in-charge of the technology innovation project for Delhi BJP, said, "We are inviting people's response through our Facebook page and their responses and views will be incorporated into our vision document of the party."

It seems that the candidates have got high-tech weapons to impress the voters when they (candidates) are barred from using old campaigning methods such as pasting posters and loudspeakers.

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