The Delhi government’s ‘Talk to AK’ initiative -- chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s interaction with the public -- is 10 days away but is already gathering a lot of interest, senior officials said.
According to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) social media team members, the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the party and Kejriwal are getting hundreds of questions for the CM to answer on July 17.
Hindustan Times had reported on Tuesday that Kejriwal will interact with people from across the country on July 17 at 11 am. This interaction will be live streamed on the website, www.talktoak.com.
The process of asking questions has not been formalised but the interest seems to be high.
A large number of the questions, according to the team, are from Punjab and Gujarat. AAP is running a high-octane campaign in Punjab ahead of the assembly elections in 2017. The party might also contest in Gujarat.
“We have got questions on how soon can an AAP government in Punjab eradicate the drug menace. There are questions on reviving Gujarat’s economy and on high school fees in the state,” a social media team member said.
According to senior leaders, the idea behind Talk to AK is to know what people are thinking.
“Talk to AK is a reflection of Arvind Kejriwal’s personality. He is not fond of monologues and spends time speaking to people to understand their problems are. This serves a twin purpose – people’s grievances are addressed and a policy is framed so that the same grievances do not recur. When he was in Goa, he spent a good amount of time talking to the youth there. He did something similar in Punjab as well,” said senior party leader Ashish Talwar.
“It is not a ‘trends’ game. And it is not right to compare it with the PM’s Mann ki Baat. People across the country have seen Modi’s two years of governance. They haven’t, however, seen the governance model in Delhi and the curiosity levels are high,” he said.
Questions will be formally invited for the session three to four days before the interaction. Questions will be invited primarily through the phone line and the website.