Andhra Jyothy managing director Vemuri Radhakrishna has become a laughing stock in the media circles by publishing a distorted story on YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the front page of the daily on Monday.
The so-called complaint which Andhra Jyothy claimed to laid its hands on, was actually a letter written by Jagan to Prime Minister way back on February 17.
In the letter, Jagan lodged a complaint against two employees of the ED, Umashankar Goud and Gandhi who were behaving like TDP workers. The Prime Minister’s Office forwarded this letter to the concerned departments on April 13 for further action.
But Andhra Jyothy gave the impression that Jagan had submitted this complaint to the Prime Minister during his meeting with the latter on May 10, along with other representation on issues including induction of defected MLAs into the Chandrababu Naidu cabinet.
“This is mischievous, derogatory, against the ethics of journalism, objectivity and has been spitting venom against our leader and party.
The representation given by our leader to the Prime Minister on May 10 has been distorted and it was shown as the earlier representation given by us on the conduct of two officials in the ED who were acting like TDP workers,” YSRC leader and spokesman Bhumana Karunakar Reddy said.
Severely condemning Andhra Jyothy for publishing distorted versions of Jagan’s meeting with Modi, Bhumana said the party would explore legal options besides complaining to the Press Council of India and has decided to close doors on the media in question.
“It is a known fact that the daily has taken a stand to support the ruling party and oppose YSR Congress. But, we cannot tolerate such distortions and deviations. We will take all necessary action, including defamation case, against the media house,” he said.