An astute politician would never rely just on the feedback he gets from his closest aides but also find ways to get it on his own, especially when the battle is as important as Gujarat. Nobody doubts the astuteness of Narendra Modi- the politician. But one viral audio clip being circulated on Whatsapp just tells us something more about the Prime Minister than we know about his success formula. First, he likes to get feedback directly even from small-time BJP workers. Second, he uses technology, and also lets the people know about it.
The audio clip in question is about his conversation with a BJP worker in Gujarat, who he had met years ago. The authenticity of the video was confirmed by India Today, which also interviewed the man who had recevied a call from PM Modi on Diwali evening.
PM Modi had called a businessman from Vadodara, Gopalbhai Gohil on Diwali evening. They talked in Gujarati.
According to India Today report, Gohil is a ward-level BJP worker and he runs a stationary shop in Vadodara. Gohil claimed to have met Modi during his “Sadbhavana” fast in September 2011. He also claimed to have worked for Modi when he contested from Vadodara in 2014.
Listen: Narnedra Modi’s conversation with a BJP worker in Vadodara, Gujarat
Modi and Gohil talked about politics in the state and the chances of BJP in the upcoming polls. In the audio Modi can be heard telling Gohil that BJP workers have faced abuses ever since the birth of Jan Sangh, the predecessor to BJP but the party has succeeded. He advised Gohil not to be worried about criticism.
The most interesting thing about the conversation was that it was simultaneously heard by 25000 people. Gohil told India Today that Modi talked to him alone, using some “technology” which allowed thousands of others to listen-in on the conversation. Soon after their conversation ended, it went viral. The report said, Gohil “seems to be correct.”
It is possible that Modi is using the said technology to directly connect with people ahead of Gujarat election. And what a way it is? Other politicians may do well if they try something like this as well.