When he came to power as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu three year’s back, exactly on 14 February 2017, he never realized the power of social media. But now, in 2020, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami seems to have realised the importance of the social network and he makes a different battle for the people of Tamil Nadu on Twitter.
When he launched a Twitter account, he has been engaging with his followers and replying to their queries with utmost importance. But an incident on April 5, during the times of Covid 19 pandemic, both the people and the Chief Minister identified the power of social media these faster times!
On April 5, a man from Tiruvarur district sought the government’s help to provide food to around 40 Narikuravar (Gypsies) families near Idumbavanam village. He posted the tweet around 12.30 pm. He even forgot to tag the Chief Minister. But within an hour, Palaniswami replied to him and offered government help. By 7:15 pm, the Chief Minister’s office tweeted that all essentials had been handed over to the families.
Also, the administrators of Palaniswami’s Twitter handle reply to queries from other states too. On March 28, the Chief Minister replied to Tejaswi Yadav, Opposition Leader of Bihar Assembly, and to Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on March 30 on the plights of migrant workers from Bihar and fishermen from Andhra Pradesh.
During the crisis time of migrant workers, Chief Minister could reach out the other state’s CMs easily. He had also requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Twitter to help migrant workers from Tamil Nadu who had been stranded in the two states. And the issue was resolved soon.