With state assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh coming up and Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which leads the Central Government, is putting a special focus on social media propaganda.
Perhaps unconvinced by the BJP-led Central Government’s achievements, the message of BJP chief Amit Shah, to the party’s young cadre is loud and clear—lies or half-truths, it doesn’t matter for the rattled ruling party. “Through social media, we have to set up government in the state and at the Centre,” said Shah during a social media volunteers' meet at Kota, Rajasthan on September 22.
“We are capable enough to spread any message among people, whether sour or sweet, real or fake. We can do this work only because we have 32 lakh people in our WhatsApp groups. That is how we were able to make this viral,” Shah declared, encouraging his workers to make no distinction between fact and misinformation. Shah even shared an anecdote of fake news going viral to the benefit of the BJP during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The video of Amit Shah’s speech in Kota can be viewed below:
The party posted the video of its President’s speech on it’s YouTube channel on the same day of the speech, yet there were no prime time debates on it or reports in the major newspapers, barring small reports carried by a few news websites. Had there been a leader from the Opposition parties who in the same had encouraged his party workers not to distinguish between real and fake stories when sharing way, would the media still have chosen to turn a blind eye towards it?