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Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Grill netas on Facebook before you cast vote

- Leaders to face volley of questions from voters on issues, policies & vision for country

RJD chief Lalu Prasad is known for his witty replies to questions but will he reply to yours. Find it out on Facebook.

The social media giant through its application, Facebook Talks Live, is providing a platform, where people can directly interact with top contenders in the upcoming general election, including Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Lalu Prasad.

Facebook has partnered with and NDTV for Candidates 2014, a multi-platform where people can question the mass leaders about their stand on various issues, question their policies and vision for the country. Few select questions would be asked by journalist and editor-in-chief of Madhu Trehan during the hour-long interview with the top leaders between March 3 and 8. The interviews would be telecast live on NDTV 24X7 and streamed live on

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would feature in the first episode of FB’s Candidates 2014 scheduled to go live at 8pm on March 3. Arvind Kejriwal would answer aam aadmi questions on March 4, followed by Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on March 5 and her Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Akhilesh Yadav, on March 6.

Lalu would be the last politician to appear in the series that has gone almost viral on FB. He would be seen live during the hour-long interview with Trehan on March 8. Facebook users started pouring hundreds of questions for Lalu soon after the promotional message about his interview was posted on the website on Friday morning.

Residents also welcomed the idea of direct interaction with the leaders.

Subodh Kumar of Bhagalpur asked: “Being a convicted person in a scam, don’t you think your presence in politics may discourage the law-abiding people of India?”

“I want to know whom do you think personally- party or leader is going to make the difference this time and why? I also want you to guide voters like a true leader about what should they look for in a party or leader before casting their votes?” asked Pali Raj of Patna.

Jab aapki party ke log aap par bharosa nahi kar sakte to pure desh ko kyu bharosa karna chahiye (When people from your own party cannot trust you, why should the whole country trust you)?” asked Rudresh Mishra from Uttar Pradesh.