Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and national president of Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, will hold an e-chaupal — the Samajwadi Samvaad — at Faqirpur village in Kannauj district where he will inaugurate a twitter kiosk and have interaction with people on twitter about their problems and party’s programmes.
Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Choudhary said here on Thursday that Akhilesh Yadav would attend the chaupal along with Twitter global vice-president Colin Crowell.
“He will listen to the problems of the masses and interact with them. People can have a chat with the former chief minister on #Akhilesh ki chaupal, Chaudhary said in a statement issued here.
This e-chaupal is seen as an attempt of Samajwadi Party to launch its poll campaign from Kannauj, from where Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh, is the sitting Lok Sabha member. As Dimple has reportedly refused to contest the Lok Sabha polls this time, hence Akhilesh Yadav is all set to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Kannauj.
The SP spokesman said that Faqirpur was a solar powered village. The 250 MW solar plant was set up during Akhilesh’s regime and it was inaugurated by former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
“It is the beginning. Soon such chaupals will be held in many villages of Kannauj district. The officials from Twitter will make people aware how to register themselves on Twitter and run it. They will also be present in these chaupals,” he said.
“The chaupals are common in villages where people discuss various political issues. But in the era of IT revolution, these e-chaupals are likely to revolutionise the system of communication. People from other parts of the state or the country can also communicate with the SP president or other senior leaders through these chaupals,” Choudhary said.
Kannauj, a renowned perfume centre of the country, is very close to the heart of Akhilesh Yadav, as he had represented the seat three times from 2000 to 2012. Thereafter his wife Dimple was elected MP from there.
Kannauj has the distinction of electing socialist ideologue Dr Ram Manohar Lohia in 1967 and Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1999 Lok Sabha polls.