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TV slur a ‘serious issue’, moily asks for transcript

Senior Congress leader and union minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday said the programme telecast on a TV channel owned by party MP Jaganmohan Reddy showing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in bad light was uncivilised.

delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2010 02:42 IST
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Senior Congress leader and union minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday said the programme telecast on a TV channel owned by party MP Jaganmohan Reddy showing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in bad light was uncivilised.

Moily, the incharge of party's Andhra Pradesh affairs, said it was a "serious issue" and he had asked for the transcript of the programme.

"I have asked for the transcript, I will go through it and then submit my report to the central leadership," Moily said."The kinds of words

used in the programme were brute and uncivilised to say

the least. We stand for freedom of media, but there should be some standards for the TV channels on what they can be allowed to run."

Moily said Sonia Gandhi was the tallest leader in the country who had proved her leadership qualities time and again. "She has led the party to unprecedented victories in 2004 and 2009, even the opposition accepts that."

The law minister, however, declined to answer whether any disciplinary action was in the offing against Jagan soon.

Andhra chief minister Rosaiah will be in New Delhi on Tuesday to brief the Congress high command about the political developments in the state including about the telecast of the story on Sonia and PM by a news channel owned Reddy.

But Moily said the party high command had not summoned Rosaiah to Delhi over the issue.

Taking a serious note of the issue, the Congress had sought a report from the state unit, even as the channel repeated the programme without some critical captions and voice-overs.

Sakshi, the 24-hour Telugu news channel owned by the 38-year-old Kadapa MP, had launched a frontal attack on Sonia as well as the organisation in the one-hour programme. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also targeted along with the "coterie around Sonia" for the "sorry state of affairs in Congress."