A Collector’s Popularity on Social Media Irks a Kerala Politician

Kozhikode District Collector Prasanth Nair’s social media presence hasn’t gone down well with local Congress boss.

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Kozhikode District Collector Prasanth Nair’s (Left) social media presence has irked local Congress leader K.C. Abu (Right). (Photo: The News Minute)

He is popular on social media and his followers include celebrities and stars. More than 55 thousand people follow his Facebook page, that was started just four months back. But Prasanth Nair isn’t part of the glitterati – he is a bureaucrat.

However, the Kozhikode District Collector’s activities hasn’t gone down well with everyone.

Kozhikode District Congress Committee (DCC) president K.C. Abu condemned Prasanth for his social media presence.

His social media activism is just a show off tactic [sic] and he is a communist. He never picks up our phone calls and I can’t go to Facebook or Whatsapp to talk to him in this age. We can’t go ahead with the upcoming Panchayath elections with him as District Collector.
– K.C. Abu, Kozhikode District Congress Committee (DCC) President

Abu has also said that MK Raghavan, Member of Parliament shares his views.

But as Abu was getting trolled for his comments on Prasanth, Raghavan was quick enough to deflect any criticism coming his way.

He staunchly denied Abu’s statements.

I don’t have to blame Prasanth for getting involved in the development of Kozhikode through social media [sic]. I am happy that social media is discussing the problems of the district. It is only with the public’s help that we can go ahead in development initiatives
– Congress MP MK Raghavan’s Facebook post

Prasanth has been active on social media since he took charge as the district collector and had launched many projects with social media support.

Prasanth Nair. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook.com/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/prasanthn?fref=ts">Prasanth Nair</a>)
Prasanth Nair. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook.com/Prasanth Nair)

His campaign to improve the facilities of Kuthiravattom mental hospital and a recent project, Operation Sulaimani, to eliminate hunger by providing food free of cost to the needy, had grabbed national attention.

His latest venture ‘Project 4N’ an initiative to fix potholes on roads has also got wide traction.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA VT Balram, an active social media user came out in support of Collector.

Leaders should walk beyond the time, if that is not possible please don’t be behind it always. For a politician every medium through which he can communicate directly to the public without any middle men is a weapon. [sic ]You don’t become old because of your age, instead your age-old thoughts can make you an old man.
– Congress MLA VT Balram’s Facebook post

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