Hyderabad: The WhatsApp account of a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP has been blocked over “violation of terms of service”, as per a mail dated February 8. TDP MP CM Ramesh, Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh, observed that his messaging application wasn’t working and he was unable to send any messages.
‘Question about WhatsApp for iPhone’ read Ramesh’s subject line which he wrote to the Whatsapp support centre enquiring about the issue. In response to his query, the support team wrote back, “We have reason to believe your account activity has violated our Terms of Service and decided to keep your account banned. We received a large number of complaints about your account and in order to protect users’ privacy, we won’t disclose the nature of the complaints.”
However, Ramesh wrote again, requesting that his WhatsApp services be restored. “I have gone through the terms and conditions. As per my knowledge, I have not misused. If I did maybe by mistake, I will make sure not to do it again. Kindly reactivate,” his mail read.
Alleging conspiracy by political rivals in Delhi, the TDP leader said he will explore legal options and file a formal complaint in the parliament on February 11.
Ramesh was elected to the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in August last year. A few months later, his home and offices in Hyderabad, Amaravati and Kadapa were raided by income tax officials.
The TDP leader, however, termed the raids “political vendetta” and said he had declared an income of Rs 200 crore in the last four years and paid tax.