By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Reportedly AICC general secretary Karnataka incharge KC Venugopalon pulled up several ministers and legislators in a meeting for falling short of expectations in an assessment of their performance on social media to showcase the state government's achievements.The Congress seems to have finally realized the power of social media and the need to use it to connect with the mobile generation and grass root level workers . Congress a bit late to this game, and perhaps pushed into it by the fact that the BJP has been leveraging it successfully and continuously .The BJP's keyboard warriors are quick to tom-tom every achievement of the party and swiftly counter every criticism. That the Congress state in-charge had to issue specific instructions to ministers and legislators about ramping up their social media presence is a measure of how serious the party is about it.
Despite CM Siddaramaiah recommended on the file number CM/313/NOM/17 Dated 31-01-2017 name of Sri Shankar B.K face of Vishwakarma community in Karnataka and congress worker for 25 years worked in various capacities in KPCC for any membership of the board, but till date the orders were not issued by CM secretariat. "Siddaramaiah's assurances to Sri Shankar B.K of the community is aimed to neutralizing and checkmating Nanjundi who has been trying to provoke the community against the Congress. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal need to look into such lapses and correct them before elections as he was picked by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for election-bound Karnataka to strategize and motivate the party's rank and file .During the past four months, Venugopal's sole agenda has been to sort out misunderstandings among members. In an interview, reportedly he said the Uttar Pradesh polls were a learning experience for the party .UP assembly polls: The Congress learnt some lessons from the UP polls where the BJP created sub-castes among castes. Reportedly Working on his caste arithmetic ahead of the 2018 elections, CM Siddaramaiah has started wooing the fragmented Vishwakarma community with assurances of granting land and increasing financial aid to it. The community (comprising goldsmiths, blacksmiths, bronze artisans, carpenters and stone masons) had been obscure on the state's political map till recently . But the CM has put the spotlight on the community by stating "it should be an integral part of the mainstream society", and his government will do everything for them.So, why is Siddaramaiah suddenly so upbeat about this community? Sources said it is part of a strategy geared at consolidating the Ahinda votes. Unlike other leaders who ignored the Vishwakarma community , Siddaramaiah viewed it as a potent political force. His yet-to-be-revealed caste census reportedly pegs the Vishwakarma population in the state at around 15 lakh. This is quite a huge number and when added to the other backward classes' category, the overall number goes up significantly. Realizing there is no platform for community members to hone their professional skills, Siddaramaiah reportedly said his government will work towards opening an exclusive university for youngsters of the community.