After some initial teething trouble in creating a social media presence for himself, including the hacking of his Twitter and Whatsapp accounts, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday officially entered the online world by launching a website and Twitter, Facebook accounts.
Siddaramaiah, who has been mulling an online presence since witnessing the popularity scales achieved online by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run up to the parliament polls earlier this year, claimed on Monday that he was not trying to emulate Narendra Modi but only trying to connect to a younger generation who use the online medium for communication.
“I understand there is a need for a presence on social media to be able to respond to people especially young generation. It is a necessity,” he said at the launch of the http://www.cmkarnataka.gov.in website, the cmofkarnataka Facebook page and the @cmofkarnataka Twitter handle. The website provides information about the socilaist leader’s political journey and achievements. It will also provide details of his daily work schedule apart from press handouts about events attended by the Chief Minister and important projects undertaken by the state government.
At the launch event Siddaramaiah said that though he firmly believed in direct contact with people but social media had also become relevant in recent times. He claimed that he was aware of the social media before Prime Minister Narendra Modi began making waves on it in the run up to the Parliament polls this year. “Many of my friends and well wishers have been constantly asking me to set up a website and social media account. This measure has been delayed due to my own work pressure,” Siddaramaiah said. The social media accounts and website would be run by his officers, he said.
Siddaramaiah had in July this year launched a social media presence for the state information and publicity department on Twitter and Facebook and said that he would soon appear on social media as well. “Even I want to use social media. We have to keep up with developments in technology. It improves communication between the government and people,” Siddaramaiah had stated even as his personal staff reported the hacking of trial social media accounts set up for the chief minister. “Everybody has seen how some people have used social media to become popular,” he said in a veiled reference to Narendra Modi’s successful use of the social media for politics and governance.