Bengaluru: In an effort to contain BJP-sponsored onslaught on the ruling Congress in social media, party general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K. C. Venugopal, reportedly directed KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar, to initiate legal action against those who troll the party.
While addressing members of social network wing of the ruling Congress here, Mr Venugopal discovered on Saturday that several members complained about offensive posts in social media against the state government.
“Repeated complaining won’t be of any use. Instead, work along with the party's legal cell and file cases against those who spread hatred and fake news,” Mr Venugopal reportedly said before directing Dr Parameshwar to monitor and evolve joint working mechanism between the IT and legal cells.
Earlier, speaking with BBMP corporators, Mr Venugopal reportedly directed them to work in unison to ensure the party's victory in most of the seats in Bengaluru city in next year’s Assembly polls. In this meeting, several corporators reportedly complained about ministers not rushing to defend Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, and most of the time the leader had to defend himself. Immediately, Mr Venugopal directed Dr Parameshwar to issue a diktat to all ministers to rise above politics and defend the leader at any cost. “Being a minister one will have to defend the party and its leaders. Keep a watch on ministers and let me know about who refuse to defend both or shy away from defending at any point,” sources in the party quoted Mr Venugopal as telling the KPCC president.
High drama at Congress Bhavan as party men try to remove SMK photo
High drama was witnessed in Congress Bhavan when a couple of party workers attempted to remove a large photograph of former CM S.M. Krishna, resulting in their prompt suspension by KPCC chief Dr G Parameshwar. Mr Krishna’s photograph adorned the wall of the headquarters along with past presidents of KPCC. When two workers attempted to remove his photograph, commotion ensued, prompting Dr Parameshwar to rush out of his office and enquire why they were doing so. He asked the duo not to remove the photograph, announced their suspension, and asked the staff to issue a show-cause notice as to why they should not be expelled. He pulled up the workers saying Mr Krishna’s achievements are laudable and the party continues to hold him in high esteem.