Congress Uses Facebook to Source Questions for Goa Assembly


Panaji:  Battered in the Lok Sabha polls and wracked by dissent, the Congress in Goa has taken to social media to source questions to be raised during Goa assembly session which begins on Tuesday.

An appeal and subsequent follow ups posted by Facebook by the Goa Congress for issues and questions to be raised in the monsoon session has thrown up issues related to the home department and the health ministry, according to Goa party president John Fernandes.

The thrust on social media has also helped the party save significantly on the phone bill, according to him.

“The Congress was lagging a bit behind in social media compared to our rivals. Almost 90 percent of the educated class in Goa is on social media, so to target this audience we had to do this,” Mr Fernandes told IANS.

Congress organizing secretary Durgadas Kamat, who has been anchoring the social media initiative, claims that reaching out to the public via social media to source issues and questions confronting them was the first such concerted effort and the results have been handsome.

“I assume this is the first time across India, that any Congress unit has sought questions from the general public as part of a concerted social media campaign. We have got good feedback,” Mr Kamat says.

Asked about the issues which were red flagged by Facebook users, Mr Kamat said the questions sent in involved shortcomings of the home department and mismanagement in the health sector….

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