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Bengaluru: Actor-politician Divya Spandana, also known as Ramya, has resurfaced on social media after a year-long hiatus. The former Congress social media head disappeared from the online world in June last year, nearly a month after the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections. 

It was said at the time that she wanted to take a break from politics. 

Last month, making a comeback on social media, the former Lok Sabha MP posted a series of her photographs, saying it was in deference to demands from followers. 

“It’s been a little over a year since my last photo post and just as I began to engage slowly with pictures of trees, birds, books and my dogs I was inundated with ‘post a selfie, haven’t seen you in ages’. So I thought why not- and I failed miserably… P.S the pictures aren’t photoshopped, I may have cropped a few though Also, please note, I’m much more than my pictures,” she wrote in a Facebook post accompanying multiple photos.

ThePrint tried to reach Ramya through multiple calls and texts for a comment on her radio silence over the past year, but received no response. Party leaders insist she remains a part of the Congress, though they claim to have no idea about her online absence. Sources close to her said she may soon be back on the big screen.


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A controversial presence

Ramya began her career in cinema in 2003 and acted in several southern films. She joined the Indian National Congress in 2012. In 2013, she contested and won the Mandya seat in the Lok Sabha bypolls necessitated by the resignation of JD(S) MP N. Cheluvarayaswamy, who vacated the seat after being elected to the assembly.

At 31, she was one of the youngest parliamentarians in the country. However, in the following general election, she lost to C.S. Puttaraju of the JD(S).

As the Congress’ social media head, Ramya was known to post hard-hitting tweets, but she also found herself courting controversy on multiple occasions — for example, when she compared Modi to bird-dropping in a photo of him near the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.  

She disappeared from the media glare after the Congress, in the wake of its 2019 drubbing, announced that none of their leaders would participate in television debates. She was subsequently removed from the post.

Ramya’s last political tweet was on 2 June 2019 when she congratulated Nirmala Sitharaman on her new charge as finance minister. She retweeted the Congress’ and Rahul Gandhi’s tweets on the return of Sonia Gandhi as the party president, and then went off the radar. She deactivated her Twitter account, and only reactivated it last month.

Speaking to ThePrint, senior leaders in the Congress said they were clueless about her “vanishing act”. “She is very much part of the Congress party. She has neither resigned or expressed her desire to leave the party,” said a senior Congress functionary, who did not want to be named.

Mandya district Congress president C.D. Gangadhar echoed the statement. He claimed she had been in touch with him “early on but has been out of action since being relived of her role as social media head”.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar did not want to comment on Ramya and her political absence.

A source close to Ramya said she is busy signing movies and one can expect her soon on the big screen. In 2019, the teaser to her movie Dil Ka Raja with actor Prajwal Devaraj was released. She was last seen in Kannada movie Nagarahavu, released in 2016.

Mandya Congress leader M.S. Atmananda said the former MP had not visited the constituency since late 2017, and was not seen participating in rallies for the 2018 assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.


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  1. It is possible that talk of another Film personality, Chennai’s Khushboo, getting more disenchanted with her prospects in Congress and the Congress not exactly falling over itself to placate her, , has encouraged Ramya to seek fresher pastures in Congress.

  2. I recall that her previous social media management stint cost congress party over Rs.8 crores as wages to her. What will it cost now, to the near-bankrupt party, I wonder.

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