In a bid to connect politicians with voters across country, Network 18 has joined hands with Google to launch a series of Google Hangouts with politicians. Dubbed as ‘In Conversation’, the series will include politicians like West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee, Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, NCP President Sharad Pawar, noted economist Jairam Ramesh and social activist Anna Hazare – discussing key topics and issues on the voters minds.
The first hangout session featuring Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha will be held on March 25. Announcing the partnership, Rajan Anandan, VP and Managing Director, Google India, said, “India is a politically vibrant country and the 2014 general elections promises to be a landmark in the history of this nation- it marks the beginning of political parties and candidates embracing Internet to reach out to an educated and digitally savvy group of young and potential voters.“
A similar initiative was taken by Facebook last month under its Talks Live initiative that gave users a chance to ask questions to a few political leaders ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. A latest report from IAMAI and IMRB touted that social media influence may swing 3-4 percent votes.
Source: IBN Live