The Telugu Desam has said that almost 90 per cent of the news pertaining to the YSR Congress appearing in Sakshi, the Telugu daily owned by the president of the YSR Congress, should be treated as ‘paid news’.
The TD also described the election campaign by Vijayalakshmi and Sharmila, mother and sister of the arrested YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as high drama.
Alleging misuse of the media, the TD has demanded that the Election Commission should shut down the Sakshi channel and the newspaper till the bypolls are over.
TD politburo member Y. Ramakrishnudu and Revanth Reddy said the YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who owned the Telugu daily and TV channel, had converted them into propaganda tools.
They said the EC’s failure to take action against the Sakshi group, despite several complaints by the TD, was a serious matter.
“Telugu Desam has filed several complaints regarding paid news in the Sakshi channel and newspaper owned by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and against airing programmes continuously for hours together eulogising his father, his party, family members, and candidates and for denigrating other parties throughout the day,” Mr Ramakrishnudu alleged.
He said the channel spent around eight hours praising the greatness of the YSR Congress, its founders and candidates.
“The cost estimation has to be done from the date of announcement of the election schedule in the case of both the channel and the newspaper, and included in the election expenditure of the contesting candidates proportionately,” he demanded.