Hyderabad: The YSR Congress Party on Friday complained to the Chief Electoral Officer against the Telugu Daily “Eenadu” for publishing banner story under headline “Kanda…Kaasu…Khaki” saying it was damaging the image of Y S Jagnmhoan Reddy and influencing the voters of Kadapa by-elections.
The delegation of YSR Congress Party comprising of the party Vice President, Mr K Shiva Kumar, leaders, Mr P L V Prasad, Mr V L N Reddy and Mr Fayaz Pasha, met the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Bhanwarlal in the Secretariat and registered their complaint.
Speaking to the media on the occasion, Mr P L V Prasad alleged that Eenadu has published the news story with a highly objectionable photo of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. The cartoon depicting Y S Jaganmohan Reddy as an anti-social element wearing a police cap and booty in one hand was very disturbing to his supporters. This picture was purposefully published by the Telugu daily with the inputs given by the TDP party.
Ever since Y S Jagan floated his own political outfit, the TDP, with the backing of Eenadu, was resorting to these kind of cheap tricks to malign his image, he alleged. He strongly objected to the series of stories published by Eenadu to damage the image of Jagan. It was nothing but gross misuse of freedom of press by the Telugu daily, he alleged. He requested the Chief Electoral Office to study the matter in depth and take stern action against the Telugu daily. The ETV2, which also belongs to same group, was also airing the news stories to malign the image of Y S Jagan. It was very unfortunate a Telugu media house, which was over 30 years old, was misusing the freedom of press to benefit a particular party, he deplored.
Expressing apprehension that the Congress party was trying to rig votes in some of the polling stations under Kamalapuram constituency, he alleged that ever since election campaign started, the ruling congress party MLA from Kamalapuram constituency, Mr Veerashiva Reddy was resorting to terrorize the villagers who were supporting YSR Congress party. The problematic polling stations in the constituency were no. 1, 2,3,4,7,11,39 and 40 and in Vemula mandal, the poling station nos 80 and 81. He requested the CEO to deploy additional forces at these polling booths and ensure free and fair polls.
He also complained to the CEO that the names of the voters, who had voter ID cards, were missing in the voters list. He suspected the hand of Congress candidate and Minister Dr D L Ravindra Reddy in the matter. (NSS)