The BJP has pulled up several of its MPs for falling short of expectations on their social media usage while flying the flag for the government.
Quoting a report by BJP’s social media team, news agency ANI reported that the MPs being told to pull up their socks included Shatrughan Sinha, Varun Gandhi, Kirti Azad, Paresh Rawal, Kirit Somaiya, Kirron Kherr and Meenakshi Lekhi.
These leaders have reportedly received the assessment that they needed to “highlight government achievements more” in their social media posts.
According to the report, even minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju has not been spared.
This came after both Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah urged party workers and leaders be front-footed on social media platforms in following the footsteps of the prime minister.
As expected, Prime Minister Modi has passed the test with flying colours. Modi has been given the assessment of having an “ideal activity profile” and Home Minister Rajnath Singh as very “active and informative.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj too earned plenty of plaudits for being “ideal” and “worth following” while Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari’s usage was assessed as an “example of how to run social media, can be a little more interactive.”
Not so surprising that more than three dozens of MPs from Uttar Pradesh have been dubbed as “inactive.” Ironically the last meeting, where it was decided that all MPs must boost their social media presence, had taken place at the residence of Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who is an MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.
Around 12 Gujarat MPs have been recommended to “highlight government achievements more” whereas 14 MPs from Madhya Pradesh have been branded as “totally absent” in the report.
Earlier in March, Amit Shah had reportedly issued a warning to future aspirants for assembly tickets in 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections to amass at least 25,000 likes or followers to be considered as potential candidates.