ECI seeks report from Maharashtra CEO on allegation of it hiring BJP-linked social media agency

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 24

The Election Commission of India mentioned on Friday it has sought a report from the Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) concerning accusations that the ballot panel had employed a agency allegedly linked to the BJP’s IT Cell for its social media actions within the run-up to the state meeting elections held final yr.

The ECI spokesperson Sheyphali Sharan mentioned particulars concerning the accusations have been sought from the Maharashtra CEO.

“Regarding tweet of Mr Gokhale @SaketGokhale, Commission has sought detailed factual report in this matter from CEO Maharashtra with respect to alleged locale of the incidence immediately,” she mentioned in certainly one of her twitter posts.

Sharan was responding to a sequence of tweets put out by Saket Gokhale, an RTI activist.

Through his tweets, Gokhale claimed the agency that was employed by the ballot panel to deal with its social media accounts within the run-up to the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections was the identical agency that was employed by the BJP. The agency can be owned by a BJP chief.

Gokhle in his tweets alleged that tackle of the social media ads posted by the Maharashtra CEO was ‘202 Pressman House, Vile Parle, Mumbai’, which he claimed the tackle of Signpost India, a government-empanelled company with shut ties to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“The address 202 Pressman House was also used by a digital agency called Social Central. This agency is owned by Devang Dave who is the national convener of IT and social media for BJP’s Youth Wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM),” Gokhale claimed in his tweets.


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