Tap social media to unmask TRS govt: Uttam to Congmen
THE HANS INDIA |
Mar 21,2017 , 05:19 AM IST
Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy directed the party workers to focus on utilising social media to expose the failures of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in the State.
Speaking at a workshop on ‘Social Media’ organised by the Telangana Youth Congress at Sundarayya Vignana Kendra here on Monday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said the TRS government had been pressurising the mainstream media from exposing its failures.
He said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had been trying to prevent Congress leaders from getting deserved coverage in the mainstream media. Therefore, the Congress workers should concentrate on exploring the social media to spread the party’s message to the people, he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said due to the efforts of the previous Congress government, Telangana had a good penetration of internet across the State. Further, the number of smart phone users connected to Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are significantly higher compared to other States.
Therefore, he said the Congress workers should not depend solely on mainstream media and use the social media networking tools to expose the failures of the TRS government at their levels. However, he advised them to crosscheck any information before sharing it on social media.
He said besides sharing the news clippings of print media, video-clippings of speeches by senior leaders and digital posters, the Congress workers should share information related to the difficulties being faced by the people in their areas.
The TPCC chief said the social media had a strong presence in Telangana and most of the users fell in the age group of 18-30 years. Therefore, he said the youth of Telangana should be kept apprised of all developments in the State. He said the social media should be extensively used to highlight the achievements of the Congress and its vision for the future.
He said the Congress workers should focus on covering the developments in their localities and Assembly constituencies. He said the information compiled by the local workers would enable the party leadership at the State-level in making effective strategies to counter the TRS government. He said the Congress workers should connect with people at booth-level by forming various WhatsApp Groups.
He said the effective use of social media had changed the way politics worked in India. Therefore, the Congress had been paying a lot of attention in strengthening its presence in social media in Telangana before 2019 elections, he said.