Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has directed the party workers to focus on utilising social media to expose the failures of TRS Government in the State.
Speaking at a workshop on “Social Media” organised by Telangana Youth Congress at Sundarryya Vignana Kendra here on Monday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said the TRS Government has been pressurising the mainstream media from exposing its failures. He said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been trying several means 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 previous Congress Government, Telangana has 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 that the Congress workers should not depend solely on mainstream media and use the Social Media Networking tools to expose the failures of 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 has a strong presence in the Telangana State and most of the users fall in the age group of 18-30 years. Therefore, he said that the youth of Telangana should be kept apprised of all developments in the State. He said that the Social Media should be extensively used to highlight the achievements of Congress party 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 that 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 that the effective use of Social Media has changed the way politics work in India. Therefore, the Congress party has been paying lot of attention in strengthening its presence in Social Media in Telangana before 2019 elections, he said.
The workshop was also addressed by Telangana Youth Congress president Anil Kumar Yadav, AICC spokesperson Madhu Yashki Goud, TPCC General Secretary Dasoju Sravan and other leaders.