Embrace social media,Chavan tells party workers

Says they should take legal action to counter ‘defamation’ of Cong leaders.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 5, 2013 4:27 am

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan asked Congress workers to become proficient in the tools of social media,to counter what he said was “the defamation of Congress leaders on social media.”

“We should not only be ready to take legal action against such attacks but should be ready to counter such attacks on those platforms,” he said.

Chavan was addressing the Congress workers in Pune on Friday at the conclusion of a special workshop about social media arranged by the party.

Following the massive social media campaign by the Bharatiya Janata Party,the Congress has been taking up the cause of social media in a big manner.

The workshop was attended by a host of Congress leaders from both the central and state level.

Besides the party’s leaders,special trainers from Delhi conducted the sessions as well.

Chavan,talking about the power of social media,stated that social media is fast taking up the position of the conventional media and the party has to take steps to make its presence felt on that platform.

Speaking about the power of social media,Chavan stated that of late social media is being used to create tensions amongst communities as it was experienced during the Muzzafarnagar troubles in Uttar Pradesh and Miraj troubles in Maharshtra.

“Social media is being used by communal forces like the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh to foment trouble between communities and we as a party need to stop it,” he said.

Bringing up the issue of Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi,Chavan claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi’s propaganda is based on false claims.

“Modi’s image is a created one and is a result of the international image-building exercises,” he said. Asking the Congress workers to embrace social media,he stated that it would help to publicise the work done by the government to the people.

Later,Chavan presided over the release of a book based on the life and times of senior Congress leader Shankarraoji Mohite Patil.

The function was to see union agricultural minister Sharad Pawar and Chavan sharing the dais but the former along with other senior NCP leaders failed to turn up for the event.

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