“After I quit, ‘she duped the congress of 8 crores & ran away’ was planted in the news esp Kannada channels in an attempt to destroy my credibility. I didn’t run away. I resigned for personal reasons. I certainly did not dupe the party of 8 crores. My mistake was staying silent.” With this tweet on Thursday, former social media head of the Congress and actor Divya Spandana ‘Ramya’, who had disappeared from the political scene as quick as she had risen, was again within the headlines.
It all began with Spandana’s response to Congress state chief D Ok Shivakumar’s assertion that Karnataka Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan had met Congress chief M B Patil, “seeking protection” from being questioned on public platforms within the Police Sub-Inspector recruitment rip-off.
A day later, Spandana issued a tweet criticising Shivakumar, saying: “People across parties meet each other, go to functions, some even get married into families — I’m surprised @DKShivakumar would say this about @MBPatil who’s a staunch congressman. Shouldn’t the party be fighting elections as one unit?@INCIndia.”
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) May 11, 2022
Spandana says that within the wake of that tweet, she has been trolled and abused. Sharing a few of the pictures, she stated, “So the ‘office’ has circulated these messages among the congress leaders & volunteers asking them to troll me. Save yourself the trouble — I’ll do it myself.”
She described ‘office’ because the Karnataka Congress underneath the management of Shivakumar. And tweeted: “Humble request to @kcvenugopalmp (K C Venugopal, AICC general secretary) to please clarify with the media about this whenever you’re in Karnataka next. The least you can do for me Venugopal ji, so I don’t have to live with this abuse and trolling for the rest of my life.”
Several messages to her, shared by her, talked about her sudden disappearance because the Congress social media head. One learn, “Where have you been all these years??? Why are you waking up now? Can you plz let the voters of Mandya know??”
Another stated, “You got into the party because of senior leaders in the party. You have no loyalty to the party or voters. Can you go back to the absconding state that you were in or delete you (your) accounts. I’m sure you have enough experience in this.”
An actress, Spandana had began her political profession in 2012 via the Youth Congress. In 2013, she gained the Mandya Lok Sabha seat in a by-election. She misplaced within the Modi wave of the 2014 common elections.
What introduced her to highlight was the Congress making her the pinnacle of its digital group on the nationwide stage, a job she took to with gusto, respiration wit and repartee into the occasion’s largely staid account. She was seen to have Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s blessing.
That stint of Spandana ended out of the blue. After one other spectacular lack of the Congress within the 2019 Lok Sabha common election, she deactivated all her social media accounts and introduced a “break” from politics. She claimed that the choice had been taken earlier than the outcomes.
Lately, she has not been energetic both in politics or Congress actions, although she is usually seen on social media.
A supply within the Congress stated greater than anything, Spandana’s tweet mirrored the bitterly divided camps inside Congress. “It is out in the public domain that Shivakumar and Ashwathnarayan are not just political rivals but beyond. There are sympathisers in the Congress for Ashwathnarayan and for Shivakumar in the BJP,” the supply stated.