Patna: Four days ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to West Champaran to open his campaign trail for Bihar assembly polls with a public rally at Ramnagar on September 19, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) on Tuesday opened a 24X7 war room at its headquarters Sadaqat Ashram here to intensify its election campaign across the poll-bound state.
The party also launched a new mobile app called ‘BPCC’ through which any person can download the Congress campaign materials, its slogans and details about the development schemes started by the previous UPA and Congress governments. “The new app can be downloaded from any android mobile from its Playstore. The app ‘BPCC’ will also give enough info on Narendra Modi’s false promises, his Jumlas and u-turns on different issues,” senior Congress leader and MLC Madan Mohan Jha said while launching the app at the Pradesh Congress headquarters.
“A separate ‘editorial desk’ would also work at this war room round-the-clock to scan news, political and election-related reports and forward them to targeted audience. We have selected and trained more than 25 volunteers at the state level who will work at the editorial desk to give necessary feedback to senior leaders.
Members of editorial desk will simultaneously remain in touch with their counterparts at district and block level to exchange necessary information,” the war room in-charge Pradeep Choudhary told TOI. Choudhary had been teaching at Deshbandhu College, Delhi, before the joining the State Congress’ research and development department in June this year.
“Besides the editorial desk volunteers, we have hired around a dozen technocrats, most of them software engineers and animation expert, to handle the technical side of the war room. The animation and photo experts help us in preparing various sorts of posters, slogans and jingles. They upload them on social media sites like Facebook and twitter,” Choudhary said. The war room has around dozen computers, three television screens, camera and other necessary gadgets. Members of editorial desk were seen screening news from different regional and national channels.
“Besides the state-level war room, the party has opened its ‘social media cell’ at each district headquarters where two to five volunteers work round-the-clock. They pass on information through social media upwards in the state level war room and social media cell and downwards at block and panchayat level,” BPCC general secretary and media cell in-charge Chandan Yadav, an alumnus of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, said.