It is a known fact that many leaders have taken a head start and are using social media to prepare the ground for the next elections. (Photo:AFP)
Adilabad: Leaders from TRS, BJP and Congress have started predicting the future of their opponents, including possible switching over to other parties and their strained relations with their respective high command.
This is a social media war that has broken out and this could take an ugly turn as elections draw near.
These days, sitting MLAs, ticket aspirants and leaders of factions are active on social media. Some leaders have a ‘sena’ account as a means to widen their network. Some leaders are keen on posting information about their opponents and their whereabouts.
A significant feature is that such ‘information’ is headlined ‘breaking news’, especially on Facebook and WhatsApp.
It is a known fact that many leaders have taken a head start and are using social media to prepare the ground for the next elections.
Recently, there was an unsavoury war of words between TRS and BJP leaders on Facebook. Not to be left behind, Congress leaders ‘exposed’ the nexus between TRS and BJP in the recent election to Adilabad local bodies MLC.
It is learnt that a BJP leader threatened a relative of a senior TRS with dire consequence for posting on Facebook that a BJP leader from Adilabad town was likely to join the Congress.
Ironically, the TRS, BJP and Congress leaders have hired professionals to maintain their Facebook pages and PROs to publicise programs.
Rupesh Reddy, a youth Congress leader from Adilabad, said that they had recently exposed the unholy alliance between TRS and BJP leaders. He said that most politicians depend more on social media campaigns than a physical campaign to send across their message to a larger audience. This trend is catching up because it involves less expenditure compared to public meetings.
An NRI, who is planning to foray into Adilabad mainstream politics, started a cable news channel. He wishes to use this to promote his vision while at the same time counter his political opponents.