Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while speaking to BJP workers said social media at present was like a “belagām ghodā [unbridled horse]”, and urged BJP workers to “train and prepare” to control it.
Yogi Adityanath warned the party workers that they could fall prey to media trials if they were not careful. He instructed the party’s IT cell workers to counter it immediately without waiting for a “mahurat [auspicious time]”.
Talking about the changing nature of the media landscape in India, Yogi said that while the once-powerful print and television media had owners and editors, social media had no such “māi bāp”.
“Print and visual media had those at the helm who could maintain control. However, no one has control over social media. If you do not remain alert and are not prepared, you will become the topic of media trial,” said Yogi.
He added, “Isliye is belagām ghode ko niyantrit karne ke liye hamāre pās uss prakār kā prashikshan aur uss prakār ki tayyari bahut āwashyak hai [That is why it is important to train and prepare to control this unbridled horse].”
Touching upon the importance of social media, Yogi called on people to use social media in an effective way to positively influence lives.
Reminding those at the event that a “peaceful” solution had been found for the Ayodhya Ram temple issue, the chief minister wondered if it would have been possible to resolve the dispute had the BJP not been in power at the union and state levels.
Meanwhile, BJP president JP Nadda will be on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh, which will go to the polls early next year, from Saturday to hold a series of meetings with the leaders and cadre of the organisation, including with Union ministers, MPs and MLAs from the state. A party statement said Nadda will address a meeting of ‘corona warriors’, a reference to health personnel and other key workers engaged in fighting the pandemic, in Agra on 8 August.
With the Covid-19 being a major public issue, opposition parties have accused the Yogi Adityanath-led state government of failing to mount an adequate response to the pandemic during the second wave in April-May. The state government has insisted that it met the challenge strongly and that Uttar Pradesh is one of the best states in dealing with the health crisis. Nadda will address a meeting of block and zila panchayat heads in Lucknow on Saturday.
Yogi will hold meetings also with party MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Union ministers and state BJP office-bearers of Uttar Pradesh and also interact with its core committee members, the party said.