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Vijay Rupani, Gujarat CM, hosts ‘Twitter Townhall’, gets trolled instead

Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Chief Minister, decided to host a first of its kind 'Twitter Townhall' today to respond to questions related to the state government. However, the idea seems to have backfired

By: | Published: September 23, 2016 1:01 PM
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Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Chief Minister, decided to host a first of its kind ‘Twitter Townhall’ today to respond to questions related to the state government. However, the idea seems to have backfired with Twitteratti asking questions that he may, or can, never answer as a politician. Sample this: As #AskVijayRupani trended on twitter, one of the user asked, “Why are you so scared of Arvind Kejriwal and AAP?.”

While announcing the decision to hold the Townhall in a video message, Rupani had said yesterday, “People of the state can ask me any question related to the development or administrative work or any other issues regarding the state,” “This is an attempt to build a bridge between people and the government and I am hopeful that through this programme, we will come to know many things and people will also be informed,” he added.

The Townhall was supposed to start at 10 am. But till 12.30 no response from Vijay Rupani twitter handle came. Some users were irked with this and they didn’t fail to take a dig on this. Some, however, praised the CM’s initiative, some highlighted problems of the state. At 12.46, the CM announced that the Town Hall was a “phenomenal success”. Twitterati wondered where it happened.

In his video message, the CM had said that it has become easier to communicate with the people directly because of social media. However, social media can sometimes be a nasty place to be these days as people ask anything, or say anything. Rupani may have got a taste of this today.

 

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