• VNSGU senate elections go high-tech in Surat
     August 6th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

     The campaign for the senate elections of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) has gone high tech because of some high profile candidates in the fray. These candidates are making full use of internet and mobile phones to reach over one lakh voters of different faculties in the last phase of the campaign for the August 12 elections. However, some senior senate members are still banking on their personal contacts with the voters and adopting the traditional campaigning techniques only.

    Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP) launched its campaign for its candidates onFacebook and internet. National Students Union of India (NSUI) too is working overtime to reach maximum number of voters over telephone. Both the groups are using emails, facebook, SMSs and phone calls to make an impression on the voters.

    The candidates individually too are campaigning using the internet to connect to the past students of a particular faculty in the registered graduate constituency. Hosang Mirza, senior Congress leader, and Paresh Patel, president of Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), are also contesting from the registered graduate constituency.

    “Voters in the senate elections are spread across south Gujarat and it is difficult to reach to them personally. Our workers do visit them, but we make use of mail, Facebook and mobile to connect to them. We can reach the specific person and even a group of people through mobile SMSs and email,” said Amit Sindha, a candidate from law faculty.

    “I was instructed by my seniors over phone to vote for a specific candidate. I don’t know the candidate but to me my senior’s word is enough,” said Ashwin Chauhan, a science graduate.

    “We do try to meet each voter personally but when it is not possible then we contact them over telephone. SMSs, Facebook and other technologies help us to reach easily a large number of students spread in a large area,” said Anup Rajput, vice-president of Navsari Lok Sabha Youth Congress.

    Sources within the groups informed that in a few constituencies candidates are spending over Rs 10 lakh on campaigning.