NEW DELHI : A Narendra Modi effect is seen in a sudden craze of the union ministers to use Google’s “Hangout” to reach out to the Internet-savvy people in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
The Gujarat CM had conducted a hangout session on August 31, to reach out to the voters’ in the state assembly polls, getting 1.66 lakh clicks on his website on the day of the hangout.
Many ministers are trying to get a foothold on the social media since after the first hour-long hangout session conducted by Finance Minister P Chidambaram to answer questions on the Union Budget. The next in the row is Road Transport Minister C P Joshi, who has booked a hangout session with Google on March 29. He invited people to submit complaints of the faulty state of roads and highways. He has, in fact, adapted the social media before others by letting his ministry book a page on Facebook in April last year to get complaints and feedback on its working. Buoyed by the Facebook success, only last Wednesday, he inaugurated a Twitter handle and a YouTube account. Another Internet savvy minister is Jairam Ramesh who is not only planning to have a hangout session soon but he is also persuading Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, already using the social media for interacting with the Youth Congress leaders across the country, to go for a hangout session.