Realizing the importance of Twitter and Facebook users, who solve issues of national importance on daily basis with help of re-tweets and likes, the government has decided to have two MPs representing this group of citizens. These MPs, most likely to be called e-MPs, will be nominated by Twitter and Facebook users through a public poll and would represent the groups respectively.
The government claims that the move is aimed at representing the youth of India, who have traditionally shown more interest in online discussions than voting in the elections.
“There were suggestions that we nominate MTV Roadies winners as MPs representing the voice of the youth, but the roadies contestants couldn’t understand what was a parliament,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.
Where issues are debated daily
“That’s why we decided to turn to Facebook and Twitter, where people understand everything,” he said.
Government is hopeful that the opposition will also support the move. “BJP anyway is ahead on us in the online world and they may not have any problem,” the minister conceded.
When asked if the government faced any internal resistance, especially from the allies, on this decision, Mr. Bansal clarified that every ally, including DMK and Trinamool, was with the government on getting these e-MPs in the parliament.
“Yes, Mr. Kapil Sibal had some reservations, but he has finally agreed,” Mr. Bansal admitted after Faking News reporter kept on re-tweeting repeating the question.
Government clarified that the Twitter and Facebook MPs will have voting rights. Later, government may introduce Google+ and Orkut MPs, but these e-MPs won’t have any voting rights.
“The Twitter MP will go to Lok Sabha and the Facebook MP will be nominated to Rajya Sabha,” the minister explained the working of the e-MPs.
When asked to explain the rationale of associating Facebook with Rajya Sabha and Twitter with Lok Sabha, Mr. Bansal said, “On most of the occasions, a joke is introduced first on Twitter and then copied to Facebook, right?”
“Similarly, if we consider our laws a joke, they are normally introduced first in Lok Sabha and then sent to Rajya Sabha,” he explained, “That’s why we think Twitter is similar to Lok Sabha even though Facebook is more popular.”