New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal has become the first Indian politician to give a Twitter interview. Unlike any other Indian politician, Kejriwal readily answered questions from CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
During the interview, Kejriwal said that his party won't give free electricity to any one if it comes to power in Delhi. "We are not giving free power to anyone," Kejriwal tweeted.
CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose asked him 10 questions on Twitter:
Sagarika Ghose: How will you make up Delhi's power deficit? Will you buy power? Who will pay?
Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi is a power surplus state now, not power deficit anymore.
Sagarika Ghose: Will you give free power to the poor? Nationalise electricity? Bring back DESU?
Arvind Kejriwal: We are not giving free power to anyone.
Sagarika Ghose: New AC buses heavily subsidised by Centre under JNNURM. If a hostile Centre stops this subsidy what will you do?
Arvind Kejriwal: Does this mean we should dismiss all non-Congress state governments or should state governments be servile to Centre?
Sagarika Ghose: What will you do on cycle rickshaws, street vendors? Regularise them? Ban them?
Arvind Kejriwal: We will organise them properly.
Sagarika Ghose: What will you do on Land/Lal Dora issues? Demolish or regularise illegal slum colonies?
Arvind Kejriwal: Lal dora issue is quite serious for villagers. Lal dora limits ought to be revisited in consultation with villagers
Sagarika Ghose: Will a JLP Bill not create a daroga raj, inspector raj, massive army of babu-cops, more red tape, delays?
Arvind Kejriwal: JLP is only about creating an independent CBI at Centre and similar independent body at state level
Sagarika Ghose: Where do you stand on welfare spend? You support FSB, MNREGA? More spending?
Arvind Kejriwal: We need to create an honest delivery system for the poor. People should be directly involved in designing and implementation of schemes
Sagarika Ghose: Your party is a year old - are you confident your MLAs won't be bought over for crores in event of hung house?
Arvind Kejriwal: Our MLAs are completely with the party. In any case, under present anti-defection law, it is almost impossible.
Sagarika Ghose: How will you fast track police reforms? Will you implement SC recommendations on police reforms in Delhi?
Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Police under Centre's control.
Sagarika Ghose: Does the entire party support Prashant's well known views on J&K?
Arvind Kejriwal: No. The party does not support his views
Twitter users seemed appreciative of this democracy on social media. After Sagarika Ghose tweeted, 'Fabulous! @ArvindKejriwal only politician who responded to my 10 quesns, when @BeWithRG and @narendramodi just ignored! A new type of neta:) (sic)' Arvind responded, "Will you ask Sheila?"
The tweet may not become a vote, but Kejriwal may have tweeted his way into his young fans' hearts. Is Rahul Gandhi, the 'youth icon', listening?