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.
Twitter Town Hall was a phenomenal success. Such interactions strengthen democracy. I thank all the participants.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) September 23, 2016
Interactions? Where did it happen? #AskVijayRupani http://t.co/Z2e9VfLrD5
— Anirudh! (@aniwoodh) September 23, 2016
Why are you so scared of Arvind Kejriwal and AAP?#AskVijayRupani
— Rakesh K. (@AAPKA_RK) September 23, 2016
— Divyesh Bhatt (@dnbhatt) September 23, 2016
#AskVijayRupani Why did gujrat govt register a fake case against Asaram bapuji who’s accused narrated a fake story of 12yrs old.
— श्रीकांत (@shrikantpatil4u) September 23, 2016
— Bhavin Joshi (@bhavinhjoshi) September 23, 2016
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@vinaydokania) September 23, 2016
#AskVijayRupani when and how will you give the answer?? Are you playing a game with public? waiting for your answer.. do the need full
— komal patel (@komal2490) September 23, 2016
#AskVijayRupani – Vijay sir, the plight of internal roads was never this worse. While mainroads shine,internal are worst ever.
— Rujul Vora (@rujulv) September 23, 2016
— Jagdish Solanki (@aapbanaskantha) September 23, 2016
— Girish Khubani (@girishkhubani) September 23, 2016
Yes he did, and all his answers are like Mr India! #AskVijayRupani http://t.co/hkwGbXMNAN
— Shahnawaz Khan (@shahnawazk) September 23, 2016
— Pratik Panchiya (@PPanchiya) September 23, 2016
— Vikram Bartwal (@bartwalvikram) September 23, 2016
— Tushar Kapila (@Tushar_Kapila) September 23, 2016
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.