02 Apr '11, 3am

Indian politicians campaign online

INDIA: Political parties taking part in the elections this month in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu are using social networking sites and text messages to reach out to voters. Fans of opposition member "Amma" -- J Jayalithaa, once a popular actress -- are logging on to the Internet to read the election manifesto. She has put up various cartoons on her Facebook page, of chief minister M Karunanidhi highlighting his governments' failures. Not to be left behind, the ruling DMK party has a page devoted to its first family's achievements. Followers of both parties are enjoying the virtual fight. Chennai resident Thirumurugan said: "Recently, I have come across a lot of campaigning by DMK as well as the AIADMK on Facebook. Both parties have (brought) their campaign online". The rivalry between the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK has also spilled onto the streets. Campa...

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