New Delhi: As the nation gears up for the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, conversations and debates on Twitter in the past week alone recorded 1.2 million tweets related to #AssemblyElections2018, the microblogging site said.Also Read - Google, Facebook, Twitter Under Centre's Radar Again Over Anti-Competitive Practices
Among the initiatives that Twitter launched for the state, elections include special emoji, #ElectionOnTwitter events, as well as live Q&As on the platform. From now until December 23, citizens can activate a special Twitter #AssemblyElections2018, Twitter said on Saturday. To activate the emoji, users can use hashtags such as #AssemblyElections2018, #IndiaElections2018, #IndiaDecides, among others. Also Read - Twitter Employee Caught on Camera Mocking Elon Musk's Asperger's & Trashing Free Speech | Watch
These initiatives are aimed at supporting citizens in having their say in the public conversation leading up to voting day and engaging with political candidates and political leaders directly, Twitter said. Also Read - 'Twitter Deal Won't Move Forward Till...', Elon Musk to CEO Parag Agrawal
On October 6, the election commission had announced dates for the Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana Assembly elections 2018. The voting will take place between November 12 and December 7, while counting of votes for all the five states will be held on December 11.
For the unversed, the tenure of the Madhya Pradesh 230-member House expires on January 7, 2019. Mizoram’s 50-member House expires on December 15 this year. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh’s Assembly, comprising 90 members, ends on January 5 next year. The 200-member Rajasthan House expires on January 20, 2019.
The BJP has been in power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the party has 160 seats in the 200-member House while in Madhya Pradesh, it won 166 seats in the House. The BJP won the Chhattisgarh polls in 2013, securing 49 seats in the 91-member House while the Congress came a close second with 39 seats.
In Mizoram, early elections are being held because assembly was dissolved. Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan had dissolved the state assembly yesterday following the recommendation from K Chandrashekhar Rao-led cabinet. The Governor, however, asked Rao to continue as caretaker Chief Minister until the new government is formed.
(With agency inputs)