New Delhi: This time for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, only those Congress members who have a significant presence on social media would get tickets, if media reports are to be believed. It has also been mandatory for party leaders to have Twitter and Facebook accounts. A report by Zee said leaders have specifically been told that they should have at least 15,000 likes on Facebook, 5,000 followers on Twitter and also be a part of several WhatsApp groups. They cannot also get away by just opening accounts on various social media platforms; they have to retweet and like all posts of Madhya Pradesh Congress and share the posts from the official party page on their own pages. (Also read: UP Police File FIR For Posting Fake Content on Social Media) Also Read - Anand Sharma Helping BJP Agenda in Bengal: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Retorts on Congress-ISF Comment

If they want their names to even be considered for nomination for tickets, the leaders have to submit details of their social media handles to the party by September 15. The BJP’s state information technology (IT) cell in-charge Shivraj Singh Dabi had said about 65,000 ‘cyber warriors’ have been deployed by the party while the Congress has set up a team of around 4,000 ‘Rajiv Ke Sipahi’ to battle it out in the cyberspace.

Both the parties would be reaching out to people through Facebook, Twitter with a special focus on WhatsApp, said the report. “During elections, our biggest weapon is going to be WhatsApp,” Congress state party’s IT cell in-charge, Dharmendra Bajpai had said.

Meanwhile, with an eye on the forthcoming elections in some states and the Lok Sabha elections set for the next year, the Election Commission (EC) is looking at treating social media platforms as potential carriers of fake news which can influence polls. These platforms, like Twitter and WhatsApp, may be brought within the ambit of paid news, said a DNA report on Friday.