Bad days ahead for Chandrababu Naidu!

An important development with regard to Telugu Desam Party president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday was conveniently ignored by the pro-TDP media on Tuesday.

It is with regard to the orders issued by Anti-Corruption Bureau special court judge Sambasiva Rao Naidu in Hyderabad on the disproportionate assets case pending against Chandrababu Naidu for over a decade and a half. 

The TDP chief had obtained stay on the proceeding of the case way back in 2005. Though the stay was not extended by the state high court despite the lapse of the stay period, nobody approached the ACB court to continue the case. 

On Monday, the ACB court revived the case again as there was no stay pending on the case and issued notices to Naidu.

Nandamuri Lakshmi Parvati, who filed the case in 2005, is going to submit the relevant documents to the court in this regard and present her arguments. The case has been posted to November 25.

Though it is a major development, Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy conveniently ignored this news on the front page and pushed it to inside pages as a small item, but Sakshi expectedly highlighted the report as a second lead story saying Shock to Chandrababu in ACB court. Needless to say, it will closely monitor the case hereafter.

Otherwise, the lead story in all the three major Telugu dailies on Tuesday was the 250th session of Rajya Sabha and the headline was also more or less similar: “Adviteeyam” (No parallel).

As usual, Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy sought to carry negative stories against the YSRC government.

Eenadu continued its campaign in favour of Telugu medium of instruction by carrying a flyer interview with prominent linguist Prof Ganesh N Devi who questioned whether Telugu would be taught as a medium of instruction abroad, if not in Telugu states.

Similarly, it also published a story on the proposed act by the Centre providing protection to foreign investors with regard to agreements signed with the state governments, so that the latter cannot withdraw or review such agreements indiscriminately.

Obviously, the report was targeting the Jagan government which decided to review the power purchase agreements with solar and wind power companies.

Andhra Jyothy went a step ahead by carrying a banner story on the Centre’s toughening stand on Polavaram project stating that it was not included in the list of national projects and also not acknowledging the Polavaram Project Authority. It casts shadow on flow of funds from the Centre to the project.

Besides, Andhra Jyothy carried two more anti-government stories: sword of losing jobs hanging on the heads of one and a half lakh contract and outsourcing employees and also lack of remunerative prices for turmeric.

The controversy over a religious structure at Amalapuram and TDP MP Galla Jayadevi’s reference to gag order on the media in AP also figured prominently in Andhra Jyothy.

Sakshi carried one major positive story in favour of the Jagan government – giving a new direction to the marketing department under Nadu-Nedu programme aimed at setting up market yards in every assembly constituency.

Jagan’s meeting with the Governor, appointment of a task force to prevent irregularities in sand supply, swearing-in of Justice Bobde as the chief justice of Supreme Court and uncertainty in Maharashtra are some of the important stories that found place on the front pages of the three Telugu dailies.