When popular comedian and actor Kapil Sharma tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding allegations of bribery that he faced, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis quickly responded to him on Twitter, asking for details of the officials who asked for the bribe.
Kapil Sharma complained to PM Modi that he has to pay Rs 5 lakh as bribe to the BMC for getting approval for an office in spite of paying income tax regularly. The tweet went viral with the actor’s six million followers making sure the tweet goes viral and gets to the important people.
Fadnavis, who has proved to be an active administrator on social media, did not waste time in assuring Sharma that the culprit will be caught.
“Kapilbhai pls provide all info. Have directed MC,BMC to take strictest action. We will not spare the culprit,” Fadnavis tweeted out to Sharma within hours.
This, however, is not the first time that Fadnavis has taken to Twitter to respond to people and tried to solve issues.
When Pankaja Munde expressed displeasure
Earlier in 2016, Fadanavis’ cabinet reshuffle stripped Minister Pankaja Munde of the important Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) portfolios. At the time, Munde was scheduled to go to Singapore to attend the world water leaders summit. Expressing her displeasure at the loss of the post, she tweeted “Reaching singapore tomorrow on monday there is world water leader summit i was invited but now wont attend since i m not minister incharge”. Fadnavis, however, responded swiftly yet cordially to the criticism on Twitter, saying, “Of course you must attend WLS 2016. As a senior Minister you would be representing ‘The Government of Maharashtra’.”
Correcting Thane City Police
Also in July, a Mumbai resident sought help from Thane City Police about a traffic jam at Ghodbunder check naka in Thane on Twitter. The resident, however, got the usual bureaucratic response: “Jurisdiction of Thane rural police. kindly intimate them.” Fadnavis, who was also tagged in the tweet, however, decided to respond to the Thane Police with correcting their response and letting them know how exactly they should have responded.
“Your reply should be ‘It is under Thane Rural Police jurisdiction and “we will inform them”,” he tweeted. The Thane City Police then said that while that is the usual protocol, they understood that this information should be relayed to the complainant also.
Fadnavis is proving himself to be an active digital administrator.