In a rude shock to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders of Kadapa district, the WhatsApp account of TDP’s district president R Srinivasa Reddy was also found to have been banned just days after the WhatsApp account of Rajya Sabha MP CM Ramesh was banned by the social media giant.
Speaking to media, R Srinivasa Reddy said, “There is something fishy going on, especially because it is only happening to the TDP leaders. First, MP CM Ramesh’s WhatsApp account was banned and now mine. It was actually on Feb 7 that I realized I was not able to use my WhatsApp account. For the last three days I have tried many means to uninstall and reinstall the application but to no avail and soon I received the message that my account has been banned.”
“I suspect that BJP in collision with YSR Congress has been targeting leaders of the Kadapa district by resorting to such acts of banning WhatsApp accounts of leaders ahead of the elections.
”It looks like they want to target our communication systems. But we will not take it lightly. We will lodge a formal complaint over the issue and fight it out,” he further said.
“I have been using the same number for the last 19 years and have strictly adhered to the terms and conditions of WhatsApp. I have been facing hardship in communicating with my party workers,” he added.