The ruling YSR Congress and the Opposition Telugu Desam Party leaders have locked horns over the social media posts against each other. The leaders of the two parties have thrown open challenge to each other for an open debate on the abusive posts by the social media wings of the rival parties.
The YSR Congress MLAs Jogi Ramesh, T J R Sudhakar Babu and Undavailli Sridevi, have met DGP D Gautam Sawang at his office and lodged a complaint against the TDP’s social media wing. The legislators said that the TDP’s social media wing was posting abusive and objectionable comments against the YSR Congress, particularly the family members of chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. They wanted the DGP take action against the social media activists of the TDP and the party leadership.
Jogi Ramesh, a second time legislator, had also dared the TDP leaders to come for open debate with him on the social media postings. He said that the TDP was spreading hatred against the YSR Congress and the chief minister’s family. He said he would prove the hate campaign of the TDP in the social media and asked if any of the TDP leaders, who are incharge of the party’s social media wing, are ready for debate.
Meanwhile, the TDP refuted the charge and alleged that the ruling party leaders were indulging in criminal intimidation through the social media. Party MP K Ramamohan Naidu, MLC P Ashok Babu and senior leader Varla Ramaiah said that the YSR Congress was running hate and abusive campaign against the TDP and its leaders. They asked the YSR Congress leaders to come for open debate on this.
The TDP leaders also discounted the ruling party’s allegation that the TDP was running a social media wing with 2000 people having hundreds of fake accounts in the social media. The TDP leaders also alleged that the police too were supporting the ruling party and victimising the opposition TDP. The leaders wanted the police to be neutral and deal firmly against the abusive social media posts.
It is to be seen how the police would respond to these challenges and counter challenges.