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YSR comes down heavily on two Telugu dailies

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Chief Minister says they have distorted his speech


  • Sarcasm has been misinterpreted
  • Media must not `cry wolf' every time
  • Naidu says the Chief Minister has blurted out the truth

    HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, came down heavily on two Telugu dailies here on Saturday and asked them why they were angry with him.

    "I can understand why the Telugu Desam Party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is angry with us. He has lost power. But, why are these two papers angry," he said in a hard-hitting criticism of the two dailies which he did not, however, name.

    Dr. Reddy's outburst came at a press conference he convened to rebut their reports about his public meeting at Jaggayyapet in Krishna district on Thursday. He showed video-clippings of his controversial speech in which he stated that had Mr. Naidu's Government had completed all the pending irrigation projects during its long reign, "We would not have resorted to corruption as you (Mr. Naidu) allege."

    The Chief Minister's grouse was that a "sarcastic observation" had been twisted out of context and project as an admission of corruption. "In every verbal expression, there is a distinction between a thought and the literal word and between wit and sarcasm. If these are not considered, the expression becomes distorted," he said.

    Role of media

    Dr. Reddy emphasised that in a democratic system the media had to play the important role of a watchdog. It could succeed only if it maintained its objectivity and credibility by truly reflecting the people's mood. Its ends could not be served by crying wolf every time. Regretting Mr. Naidu's campaign against irrigation projects, he said the former Chief Minister was hurling grave allegations even after the Supreme Court had cleared the tender process and criticised what it called the private interest litigation.

    Meanwhile, at a press conference later, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said the Chief Minister had blurted out at Jaggayyapet what had been at the level of his subconscious. He claimed that the intention of a person was important and not merely his expression. He also said Dr. Reddy had sent a signal to his partymen that the Government had opened the doors of corruption. This was unthinkable in TDP regime.

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