On November 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people to participate in a survey to gauge the mood of Indian citizens after his demonetisation move. “I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App,” he tweeted. A day later, he shared the results. After 500,000 responses from 2,000 locations across the country, the result said that over 90 per cent people were in favour of the move and believed that black money exists in India, that the menace needs to be eliminated and the government’s move to tackle the issue is good.
But many on social media pointed out that the options to choose from given in the survey had no option to disagree with the statement. And that is what became a talking point on the Internet. In fact, the credibility of the survey was even questioned by the Opposition. “We should focus on who would be the respondents, some urban-centric people who have known PM Modi and voted for him. I completely disagree with this. Secondly, the kind of questions asked. There was no ‘disagree’ option and rural people have not participated in this survey,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.
According to the app results, 43 per cent people replied that they did not “mind the inconvenience faced in our fight to curb corruption, black money, terrorism and counterfeiting of currency” while 48 per cent said it bothered them somewhat but that it was worth it. There was no other option.
In the meantime, some Netizens took the aid of humour to express their view on the app and its results.
Options in Narendra Modi App’s survey be like.. pic.twitter.com/CHEXbnDsRO
— नवेन्दु (@NavenduSingh_) November 23, 2016
Responded negative to questions in Narendra Modi App.
Anupam Kher appeared on pressing exit and said “Tum Anti National ho”
— Cryptic Mind (@Vishj05) November 23, 2016
Demonetization survey be like
“Is this plan bestest???”
C. Ekdum amaze
D. Saif wala Wow
— Bewt Scamandar (@krazyfrog) November 22, 2016
Modi with his survey is like the kid who sets the exam paper himself, administers it to himself, marks it himself &declares himself a topper
— SamSays (@samjawed65) November 24, 2016
(More survey questions from PM’s app)
Are you inconvenienced by the long queues?
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) November 23, 2016
#Poll: In the absence of any app of my own, I have to do this poll here. Do you enjoy my tweets ?
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) November 24, 2016
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) November 24, 2016
PM announces result of Historic Survey through own App. Presenting, Sample Question, where there is no option to Disagree with Dear Leader pic.twitter.com/UBwk4rRew7
— Joy (@Joydas) November 23, 2016
— Mahesh Murthy (@maheshmurthy) November 23, 2016
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