KTR Slams Naidu Over Voters’ Data Theft, Defends Cop Action in Hyd

AP CM Naidu, son, accused the Telangana govt of stealing TDP’s data after the police raided the IT Grid office.

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TRS working president KT Rama Rao (R), and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao slammed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh on Monday, 4 March, for alleging that the Telangana government was stealing TDP's data.

KTR said that the Telangana's Cyberabad police raided the IT Grids office in Hyderabad only after receiving a complaint from a whistleblower, Lokeshwar residing in Telangana about theft of data, which was allegedly used by the TDP.

“The crime took place in Hyderabad, the complainant is also in Hyderabad, then why shouldn’t we take action?”
KT Rama Rao

It is alleged that the TDP stole government data for TDP's mobile application- Seva Mitra app, to use it for their election campaign. Both the Telangana police and Andhra police have locked horns over this scandal. Acting upon the complaint, the Cyberabad police arrested four employees of IT Grids, the firm which is promoting the app.

The TDP alleges that the TRS, an ally of the YRSCP, has been maligning them and stole their data. "By using police and embracing extrajudicial tactics, TDP stole data and handed it over to the YSRCP," Nara Lokesh alleged on Twitter.

KTR also took strong exception to the action of the Andhra police who tried to detain the whistleblower, Lokeshwar.

“What job does the Andhra police have in Telangana? The crime took place under Telangana police jurisdiction. How can Andhra police raid a whistleblower’s residence and abuse him? Isn’t it wrong?”
KT Rama Rao

On Sunday, 3 March, Andhra police attempted to detain Lokeshwar Reddy, but the Cyberabad police thwarted their attempts.

“Chandrababu Naidu and his government should have some shame to attack the TRS party.”
KT Rama Rao

He also said that the TDP resorted to a 'paid' social media campaign on Twitter to attack the TRS-led Telangana government.

"The paid IT cell and bots are being used to allege that Telangana government did something wrong. This game by Chandrababu Naidu won't work anymore," he said.

(This was first published on The News Minute and has been republished in an arrangement.)

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