Forty percent of Rajasthan MPs from tech-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party score low on use of social media — Twitter and Facebook — in the last one year, a report by the party’s media cell released on Thursday revealed.
BJP sources said the party has a social media cell to keep track of MPs as how actively they are propagating government’s performances among the people using social media networking sites.
The report comes two days after Modi asked its party MPs in Uttar Pradesh how many of them use the mobile app launched by the Prime Minister’s Office to get updates on the government’s achievements and initiatives.
Modi calls himself tech savvy and has 18.6 million followers on Twitter. And in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, he addresssed four rallies at a time using 3D-holographic technology.
The report says Jaipur (rural) MP and minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with over two lakh followers on Twitter is the most active followed by Jhalwar representative Dushaynt Singh (13,063) and Bikaner’s Arjunram Meghwal (3,886).
The MPs who are absent or without any strategy on social media are Sumedanand Saraswati ( Sikar), Chand Nath (Alwar), Bahadur Singh Koli ( Bhartpur), Sanwar lal Jat ( Ajmer), CR Chaudhary (Nagaur), Sonaram Chaudhary (Barmer), PP Chaudhary (Pali), Arjun Lasl Meena (Udiapur), Chandra Parkash Joshi (Chittor) and Manshankar Ninama of Bnaswara.
The report also reads that the MPs who are active on social media seldom use these platforms to communicate people about government policies or its performance. “Their posts are non-engaging, devoid of interactivity, almost no post on government achievements,” reads the report. MP from Nagaur CR Chaudhray and Union minister of state for water resources Sanwar lal Jat said they would actively communicate with people via social media.
“It is a very potent tool to communicate with people,” said Chaudhary.