AHMEDABAD, 24 Sept: The Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani landed in a major trouble after he got trapped in tsunami of questions during Twitter Town Hall’ exercise on Friday .
A local television channel associated with Twitter invited people to ask questions with minister using hashtag #AskVijayRupani.
Nearly 8,000 questions were asked in between 10 AM and 12 noon but shockingly none of them was answered in what had been announced to be a live interaction with the Chief Minister, who took over the power of state a month ago.
The complete silence of the Chief Minister on the Twitter handle forced the questioners so restless and impatient that they chided Rupani by floating another hashtag #MissingGujaratCM.
Rupani had announced the initiative on September 15 and it was massively advertised through hoardings, on television network and the social media.
As per government sources, around 30,000 questions were asked to the Chief Minister on Twitter in last one week, including about the future status of employees working on fixed pay, implementation of prohibition, his views on reservations, Patel agitation, Dalit issues as well as rise of Aam Aadmi Party and threat from Kejriwal to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.
“Why are you so scared of the AAP?” “Why is Gujarat politically and physically stinking?” “How much money changes hands for the prospering illicit liquor industry in Gujarat?” were among the questions that were asked.
The television channel is purportedly shortlisted a little over dozen of these questions which were asked to Chief Minister at a closed-door interview. The answers were slated to be telecasted in an interview format later on Friday evening, which too didn’t happen.
However, Rupani later in a tweet and an official state government press release said the interaction was successful.
The two questions which were reportedly answered by Rupani was that electricity supply to farmers had been increased from eight to ten hours with inadequate rainfall this season. Another was that the fixed-pay government staffers would be absorbed on the rolls immediately after they complete five years.
Meanwhile, the opposition Congress party, those associated with the Patel agitation, Dalit activists and the Aam Aadmi Party are taking a dig at the Chief Minister.