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TRS misusing power to get AP voters' data to help Oppn: TDP

Says the 70 lakh people that to be hit by the data leak are party cadres

New Delhi: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday accused Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of misusing power to help TDP's rival YSR Congress after a Hyderabad-based firm was embroiled in a row over alleged data theft of Andhra Pradesh voters.

TDP national spokesperson Kambhampati Rammohan Rao said that the 70 lakh people that to be hit by the data leak are party cadres. In a statement, Rao said that the misinformation over the episode has created confusion among people and "caused damage" to the party.

He urged the TRS and YSR Congress to not spread "misguided information" on the issue. The TDP is "seeking advice" for legal action, he said.

The issue has gained political traction in the two states after Telangana police booked a Hyderabad-based firm for allegedly stealing voters' data through "Seva Mitra" mobile application, used by TDP to connect with its registered cadres.

On Monday, TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that it was part of a conspiracy to help opposition YSR Congress headed by Jaganmohan Reddy.

However, YSR Congress has questioned how confidential data went into private hands, claiming the data theft is "part of a plan to remove names of those against the (TDP) government from electors' list."

According to Rao, Telangana police has been put to task by TRS to get the data from TDP's App service providers in Hyderabad so that they can extract important information available of TDP to be passed to the opposition parties.

Stating that data of its 70 lakh cadres belongs to the TDP, he said this data has been collected over last two and half decades and "no government has the right to steal this data."

The TDP data includes the welfare and insurance details of the party cadres. This is party's hard-earned data over the last 24 years, he said.

The party in 1984 had computerised details of 6 lakh cadres and later in 1995 started 'e-Seva' and 'mee-Seva' centres.

Warning that the alleged data theft by opponents will have serious consequences, the TDP spokesperson said, "Data is the property of an individual, property of an organisation. We are seeking to advise to take legal course of action."

Hyderabad has been made insecure with cybercrime, the situation has worsened with no security for the companies doing business in Hyderabad, he said, "It is unfortunate that TRS has made it a personal agenda to attack companies serving TDP."

Rao further alleged that the IT companies that were motivated by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu to build Cyberabad are "facing the brunt" in the new regime of TRS.

"This is motivated, and the future of these companies have been jeopardized to YSR Congress and TRS conspiracy," he said. The TRS and TDP have often been engaged in a war of words, especially since the latter contested the Assembly elections in Telangana in alliance with Congress and others.

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