Rajya Sabha member and senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao on Sunday met the Chief Minister K Rosaiah at his residence in Balkampet over the adverse stories against the Congress High Command being carried out by the media house owned by Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
The meeting of senior Congress leader with the Chief Minister comes in the wake of Saakshi TV airing a bulletin alleging that the image of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi was waning across the country.
In the meeting, the two senior Congress leaders reportedly discussed how to check the Kadapa MP’s moves. The two leaders are also believed to have discussed the fallout on the Congress party if the High Command initiates action against Mr Jaganmohan Reddy.
Talking to reporters over his deliberations with the Chief Minister, Mr Hanumantha Rao expressed serious concern over the anti-Sonia and anti-Rahul remarks aired on the channel.
“If former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was alive, he would have cried after seeing such adverse reports in his own newspaper and channel,” he said.
Mr Hanumantha Rao said earlier, the newspaper carried a series of articles against Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Congress senior leader K Kesava Rao and himself, thereby maligning the image of party.
“Now, the media house has dared to carry a hateful campaign against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi. If the High Command has initiated action against the Kadapa MP in the initial stage itself, this problem would not have cropped up at all”.
Mr Hanumantha Rao asked the Chief Minister and High Command to initiate action against Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, newspaper and channel. He asked the well-wishers of Congress party to shun viewing the channel and stop reading the newspaper for its vilification campaign against Congress leaders.