Hyderabad: TRS working president and Minister KT Rama Rao on Monday said neither does he fear Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He reiterated that he had no bosses in New Delhi and only people of Telangana State were his bosses.
He was responding strongly to a statement by BJP State president K Laxman who stated that the former feared BJP, especially Narendra Modi.
“Why should I fear a political party, which hardly has any presence in the State, failed to field its candidates in 600 municipal wards or lost its deposits in recent Huzurnagar Assembly bypolls? One should keep in mind that such statements will only evoke laughter from people but not improve their credibility,” he ridiculed.
Addressing the social media team of TRS at Telangana Bhavan on Monday, Rama Rao asked party volunteers to give a strong counter to allegations by the opposition parties on social media and also create awareness among the people about false messages being circulated by them. He pointed out that social media was more powerful than ever before and was fast emerging as an alternative to mainstream media. “The TRS has a strong presence on social media with over 11 lakh followers on Facebook alone which is the highest in the State. We should tap the potential of social media which is now growing into a major asset for the TRS,” he said.
The Minister cautioned the TRS social media team to remain alert and also participate in the poll campaign through online platforms. He wanted social media warriors to counter the false propaganda being spread by the opposition parties with all facts and statistics after acquiring knowledge on that particular subject. “We need to be as much responsible on social media as we remain in our political life. We also need to give wide publicity for the State government’s welfare and development programmes,” he said.
Rama Rao slammed the opposition parties for spreading false propaganda online. He alleged that while the BJP was making false claims with regard to the Centre’s share in the Aasara pensions scheme, the Congress leaders were claiming credit to have released more funds for municipalities during their regime. “I dare TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy to release a white paper on funds spent for urban local bodies during the Congress regime of 2004-14. Unlike the Congress rule where water was supplied once in every two weeks in municipalities, the TRS government has resolved these issues. We could save crores of taxpayers’ money by introducing LED streetlights and will implement the new Municipal Act after the election,” he said.
To bridge the gap between the TRS party and its social media team, a social media coordination team, comprising its leaders Krishank, Satish, Jagan and Dinesh, was appointed. District-wise social media teams also will be appointed shortly. Rama Rao wanted them to provide complete support to those who are being trolled for disagreeing with the opposition parties.