On August 6, Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s I.T. cell should control the negativity spread on social media against the party.
He termed social media as “belagaam ghora” which means an unbridled horse. He stated that the opponents use social media platforms to create caste tensions, lawlessness, and social conflict in India.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh was making the speech at a workshop held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow.
The idea behind the workshop was to discuss the working of Bharatiya Janata Party’s I.T. cell. He alleged that the opposition members were spreading a negative narrative of the Bharatiya Janata Party government to defame the central party on social media.
He informed the I.T. cell and the party workers that there’s a risk of the party members falling prey to media trials if they don’t use social media carefully.
He also referred to the Pegasus spyware illicit surveillance controversy and stated that the I.T. cell of the party should try to counter opposite claims on priority.
He alleged that after the Narendra Modi-led government came to power in 2014, the opposition parties highlighted unimportant and non-essential issues to defame the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He stated that the Modi-led government has always briefed the public about their goals and motto and provided announcements on achievements.
He said that there’d been a major conspiracy formulated to divert the attention of social media consumers from real issues to non-essential issues in an attempt to defame the central government.
He criticized the opposition parties for disrupting the parliamentary issues by bringing up the Pegasus spyware hack issues.
He stated that the media reports circulating have no concrete evidence to challenge the central government.
Instead of discussing the Covid-19 pandemic and management in India, the opposition is discussing the Pegasus spyware, which has no factuality.
He said that the influence of social media trials is so vast that a person residing in Mumbai, Hyderabad, or the United States, United Kingdom can provide their opinions on an issue related to Uttar Pradesh.
Yogi Adityanath stated that the means of consumption of news had seen a shift. Youth are getting information from social media platforms.
He said that while print and television media have individuals, editors and owners, monitoring the published content. Social media platforms don’t necessarily watch the content posted on their sites, and without the editors or owners, it’s often difficult to control the content.
Hence, he stated that the party members should stay alert, and if there is negligence, then party members can become a subject of media trials.
Adding to this, he stated that’s the reason why we must train and prepare to control the unbridled horse (referring to social media).