In India, nearly every major political party has its own newspaper and television news programme. However, there is no newspaper or news channel dedicated to the Telugu Desam party, which was founded 40 years ago and ruled in undivided Andhra Pradesh for 15 years and residuary Andhra Pradesh for five years. For coverage of party activities and programmes, it is dependent on other media organisations.
The TDP published its first newspaper on Tuesday (today). However, it is an e-paper, not a regular newspaper. ‘Chaitanya Ratham’ is the name given to it.
N.Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP Chief and former AP chief minister, formally launched the party's e-paper on Monday at the TDP office in Mangalagiri. Soon after its debut, the e-paper was delivered to TDP's 30 lakh active members.
Despite the fact that the TDP was founded 40 years ago and has been in power for 20 years, Naidu claims the party never considered starting its own newspaper or news station because the party believes the media should be 'apolitical.' "Some people have established up their own newspaper and media channels with the money acquired via corruption and dirty deals in politics and by misusing their influence," he said, referring to Sakshi media, which is controlled by YSRCP president and AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy. They are now dictating to all media outlets and warning them not to write anything critical of them. Those who dare to expose their wrongdoings are stigmatised on political grounds based on caste."
TDP's e-paper, according to Chandrababu Naidu, would expose all of the YSRCP government's wrongdoings and raise public awareness about how the party's poor policies and actions will affect people's lives and livelihood.