Telugu Desam Party president and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has once again proved that he can stifle the voices of the media which does not toes his line.
On Thursday, he got the Sakshi channel owned by YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy blacked out on the cable network in Andhra.
The blackout has not been lifted till this report is being filed. Reason for this strong action is that Sakshi had been telecasting live the fast unto death by Kapu strongman and former minister Mudragada Padmanabham and the government wanted to foil it by using force. If it is telecast live, it will be big embarrassment to Naidu government.
So, his government sent messages to all the media houses not to give much coverage to Mudragada fast and his arrest, since it would disturb the peace and tranquillity in the state due to flare up in Kapu agitation.
All the media sincerely obliged to Naidu’s request since it was only the other day that they all got huge advertisements from his government on the occasion of its second anniversary. Only Sakshi dared to telecast it live and hence, the government immediately ordered its blackout.
This is nothing but gagging the media and suppressing the truth. And Naidu is openly claiming that he would take over the assets of Sakshi and run it on behalf of the government. Who will question him?