Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani hosted a 'Twitter townhall' on Friday where citizens were told to ask any question related to the state government on the microblogging site to him.
"Join me on Twitter Town Hall on 23rd September. Ask your questions using #AskVijayRupani." Rupani tweeted.
"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.
According to the Chief Minister, social media has made it easier to communicate with the people directly.
The Gujarat CM was flooded with various questions ranging from Dalit violence in the state, the Patidar movement for reservation and questions on fixed pay seemed to be the dominant threads.
Senior state AAP leader Kanubhai Kalsaria tweeted, “#AskVijayRupani the constitution provide rights of ‘equal pay for equal work’,#fixpay violate this right. Do you remove #fixpay? YES/NO (sic)”.
The Townhall was supposed to start at 10 am. But till 12.30, no response came from Vijay Rupani’s Twitter handle. The delay did not go down well with Tweeple and the situation worsened when a tweet by Rupani termed the townhall a "phenomenal success". Then, Twitterati went on to express their ire with following tweets:
Twitter Town Hall was a phenomenal success. Such interactions strengthen democracy. I thank all the participants.— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) September 23, 2016
Why are you so scared of Arvind Kejriwal and AAP?#AskVijayRupani— Rakesh K. (@AAPKA_RK) 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
#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