DM from PM? You were among millions of chosen ones

Each message, addressing recipients on a first name basis, has "20 infographics" on how things have changed between "now and then".

May 26, 2015 01:51 pm | Updated April 03, 2016 12:13 am IST

Modi clicks a selfie, in this file photo

Modi clicks a selfie, in this file photo

On Tuesday morning, the twitterati exchanged news about how they had been in-boxed by none other than the Prime Minister.

Turns out, Narendra Modi’s PR machinery had churned out DMs to thousands — if not to millions — of his followers on the occasion of his first year in office. The message, addressing each recipient on a first name basis, contains “20 infographics” on how things have changed between "now and then.”

Among them, Mr. Modi says:

- India is on its way to becoming “a manufacturing giant”

- Make in India has pushed the index of industrial growth production from -0.1% to 2.8%

- Connecting with the diaspora had helped in “strengthening the bond with our own”

There was also an > Open Letter . Here are the top quotes:

1 We have been able to restore trust in the government”, ensure a “corruption-free” rule and made state governments equal partners in the quest for national development, building the spirit of Team India
2 Runaway prices were immediately brought under control. The languishing economy was rejuvenated, building on stable and policy-driven proactive governance
3 Firm steps were taken against black money, from setting up an SIT and passing a stringent black money law, to generating international consensus against the same.
4 Numerous measures and schemes have been initiated from making school toilets to setting up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, from providing vaccination cover to children to initiating a people-driven Swacch Bharat mission.

He asked all his 12.5 million followers to “Share your thoughts using #SaalEkShuruaatAnek & get a personal message from me! Looking forward to hearing from you.”

Sure enough, this 19-character hashtag was the top trender all morning even as most on Twitter responded with an element of incredulity.

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