The unprecedented attack on Telugu Desam Party general secretary and Andhra Pradesh information technology minister Nara Lokesh by a section of social media campaigners, allegedly affiliated to YSR Congress party triggered a wide debate in support of and against the use or misuse of social media.
The situation has gone to such an extent that the TDP government has begun crackdown on such social media campaigners who are posting objectionable content against Lokesh by morphing his pictures.
The arrest and subsequent release of pro-Jagan social media campaigner Inturi Ravi Kiran and the police raids on the digital media wing of the YSR Congress party office led to widespread criticism from all sections.
Former Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar joined these protestors who are questioning the intimidation of social media by the ruling TDP. “What is wrong in calling Lokesh a “pappu”? Even Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was also called pappu in the social media.
If the TDP starts over-reacting on the social media postings and resorts to intimidation of social media campaigners, it would only prove counter-productive to the government,” he warned.
On the proposed advancement of general elections, Vundavalli said if Naidu thought his party would stage a comeback to power by harping on the alleged corruption of YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, he was mistaken.
“The TDP can win the people’s mandate only if Naidu gets sufficient funds from the Centre to offset the revenue loss and also completes the Polavaram project by 2018,” the former MP said.