Move over rallies, public meetings and traffic jam-causing events.... Politicis can now be played on your finger tips. Party meets can be organized at the click of the mouse and votes can be won through Facebook accounts and Twitter hashtrags. Yes. 2018 Telangana assembly elections are all set to become veritable virtual elections. The TRS and the BJP are already ahead in the social media campaigns. KTR is very active on Twitter and he responds to requests and appeals in a jiffy. Harish, who is active on the Facebook, informs the people about every development in the irrigation department. Now, the Congress too is joining the social media bandwagon. Uttam Kumar Reddy is all set to talk to thousands of booth managers through Facebook life. This could well be the beginning of Congress social media blitzkrieg. In fact, PCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy has been hitting back at KTR's Twitter volleys with tweets only.
All political parties are now approaching the IT experts, spin doctors and social managers in a big way. The Congress is now trying to rope in those with over 5000 followers on Twitter and Facebook and is trying to use these accounts to launch its campaign. The Congress has now set up a special department at the Gandhi Bhavan for its social media outreach. It is picking up groups of social media users from every district. It is training the party workers in the use of Twitter and Facebook. Even the TJS of Prof. Kodandaram is focusing on social media. It is trying to highlight the failures of the TRS Governemnt using the social media. Kodandaram himself admitted that social media is as important as the TV and the print media. Though late entrants, even the Left Parties are now focusing on the social media. "WE initially did not give much weight to the social media. Now we realize that it is a very important tool, says CPI's Chada Venkat Reddy.