Days after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s first “Twitter Townhall” event turned into a fiasco, a young member from CM’s social media team, Piyush Mishra, resigned on Wednesday. Officials in the Chief Minister’s Office claimed that Mishra who worked as the social media manager and content writer has put in his papers.
A former journalist, Mishra was part of a sizable team that operated from the fourth floor of the CMO. He was one of the members who used to provide content for Twitter and other social media accounts operated under the Chief Minister’s name.
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Mishra could not be reached for a comment.
A senior government official confirmed that Mishra had quit but said, “he had put in his papers even before the Townhall event since he got some better opportunity.”
Chief minister Rupani has two twitter handles — @CMOGuj and @vijayrupanibjp.
All references to Twitter Townhall and tweets made through these two twitter handles were not found on both these accounts on Wednesday. Both these accounts are operated by two different teams and vetted by people considered close to the CM.
Giving clarifications about the Twitter Townhall fiasco, Deputy CM Nitin Patel claimed that the CM would be replying to all the 33,000 queries that he had received during the event on September 23. The event failed to go live and was later conducted as a closed-door TV interview that was aired in the evening. The CM had received a lot of flak on the social media after he failed to go live and answer the questions.