Now this will come as major blow to the skeptics of Indian political parties. The most controversial party of India – the BJP [remember the Babri-Masjid & post-Godhra riots?] is set to become the world’s most automated party. It plans to do so in the next 3 years by adding IP capabilities in its Unified Messaging Platform. And if you think, ‘It’s all sizzle and no steak’ sample this – it has already selected ValueFirst, a provider of Mobile Data Services, to develop an extensive SMS based communications network. This system will be in place only for the registered members of the party across their district/state office network in the country. And for those who feel that this might take ages to implement, THINK AGAIN !! The service will be launched as early as next week when an MoU will be signed. A 10 digit Party Membership ID Number will be given to each registered member which will also serve as their Unified Communication Number.
The main advantage of this service is that BJP will be able to keep its entire army of members on its toes and will be able to reach out to them & seek their services at the drop of its hat. This I personally feel is a very smart move in view of the upcoming General Elections [which the party is very upbeat about – Haven’t you already noticed the raised voices of senior party leaders ? Be it petrol prices or the inflation, they are attacking from the word go!] It also helps to create plans designed to minimize the brutal effects of any type of natural or man-made disaster [which every party is expected to face in one the most bitterly fought elections in the recent times].
Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group Inc. believes that unified messaging can deliver numerous benefits to organizations, chiefly reduced hardware costs, better access for end users, improved support for distributed workforces, increased security, broader compliance with privacy and retention legislation, and faster response to messages. Besides unified messaging system is especially advantageous to mobile users because it gives them single-point access to messaging, regardless of whether they have a phone or a computer.
The party already has an IT cell that was founded in 2007 and is present in 11 states and uses 100 per cent open source software on the server side. It has made a National Data Centre made with 26 servers. The Unified IP Communications also includes VoIP, Video and Fax over Internet Protocol.
Vijay Shukla, co-founder and country head, India, Value First, said, ” In terms of IT, no other political party will come closer to BJP in the next few years”. Looks like BJP is finally getting ready to pose a formidable challenge this time around. C’mon Congress, CPI!! What are you guys waiting for??