Civic issues are on the minds of everyone with Delhi's municipal polls scheduled for April 15. While the Capital's bylanes are witness to hectic campaigning by candidates, the Internet is also abuzz with poll issues.
A couple of groups have come up on Facebook to create awareness among the youth and some political parties have also logged on to blogs and networking sites to target these voters.
"MCD Elections 2012 awake now New Delhi" - Facebook group, has more than 1700 members. Followers have raised various issues in the forum, such as local problems in their areas and the candidates who should be voted in or out.
Exhorting the youth to cast their votes, some netizens said on the forum: "Instead of Facebook, log onto EVM (electronic voting machine)." But Sanjay Khurana posted: "Don't vote this time... because the persons standing in elections don't deserve it." Pragati Singh, another member of the community, posted, "Let's make this campaign a problem for the councillor and a solution for the common man."
Another Facebook group, "Popular candidates for MCD elections", discusses the candidates standing for election.
The Delhi BJP seems to have taken the lead in using the Internet as an effective campaign medium. The party's Facebook has more than 4300 members. The party has mainly used the page to highlight its achievements and take pot shots at the Opposition.
A few young candidates from the main parties - such as Abhishek Dutt, Congress candidate from Andrews Ganj, have used their personal Facebook pages to post their poll activities and updates.
Published by India Today