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Facebooker Nitish eyes 140-word future
- Active on social media, hopes rise for chief minister’s entry into world of Twitter

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has heard music in the chirping of birds.

Sources said after following his active stint on Facebook, Nitish could soon turn his attention to the world of Twitter to stay connected with the masses.

“Not always, but of and on, he is aware about what is happening on his Facebook account and keeps a tab on it. He is interested to know about the response of the people towards his posts. Nitishji understands that social networking is a huge medium to stay connected with the masses. And yes, he is expected to be on Twitter soon,” a source close to him said.

Till a few months ago, he had taken digs at his rivals for excessively using their Twitter handles. On September 2, he said in a light vein: “Che-che che-che, it’s the language in which birds chirp.”

For now, posting pictures of inspecting or inaugurating projects are common on his Facebook page as are regular status updates. (See chart). On Thursday, one of the posts was on the telemedicine service he launched at Patna Medical College and Hospital. An hour earlier, he wrote about restoring Bihar to its earlier glory from the tarnished image over the past few years. At least 355 people liked the post.

Another source said: “He joined Facebook in September. A lot of people like his posts and are commenting on them too. It is a two-way dialogue. There is a ‘comment of the day’ section too, where the best comments of the day are highlighted. By this, people can interact with him and know about the state government’s projects and the chief minister’s views and feelings.”

The two-way dialogue gets embarrassing sometimes too.

Apart from the 174 and odd likes on the telemedicine post, there were some hard comments as well. If criticism is one side of the coin, sources claim people close to the chief minister are trying to convince him to expand his reach on the world of social networking.

They said his one-liners like the one on Rahul Gandhi’s beehive comment in April was becoming popular. “But I can say one thing that honey is very useful (gunkari),” Nitish had said. No points for guessing then that he is perfectly poised for entry to the world of Twitter with its 140-word limit. A source said: “In a few words, he has the ability to say and express many things. He is the best for Twitter.”

Social push

Some of the recent updates from Nitish’s FB page

November 27

I have always been fascinated with bridges. Our government has built many bridges which are proving to be of great help for people. Small or grand, the beauty and importance of a bridge cannot be lost on anyone...

Shiksha se hi samajik kuritiya ko door kiya ja sakta hai. Samabeshi vikas ke liye ling bhed khatam karna atyant avashyak hai… humne rajya mein kai co-ed school kholey, jisse ki ling bhed khatam ho sakein...

November 25

Thank You for your support & appreciation

November 17

I welcome the decision to confer Bharat Ratna to Mr Sachin Tendulkar. This is a matter joy and pride for all. Along with the nation, people of Bihar also hail Tendulkar’s
contribution to the game of cricket. He has inspired younger generation by his unparalleled achievements.

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