The IT raids over the last 5 days have raised a furore in social media and newspapers about how corrupt TDP chief Chandra Babu is. Based on hearsay and vague linkages, the yellow media is going on a smear campaign to show Chandra Babu is corrupt to establish his equivalence to Jagan’s corruption history. But this is just another attempt in a long line of attempts, beginning from YSR time to blame ‘Chandra Babu’ for corruption and wrong-doing. This is meant to divert attention from the current government’s failures regarding the issue of shifting capitals, ‘Jagan’s corruption’ hearings, and AP’s terrible growth rates over the last 7 months. The IT raids were carried out over several companies and people and nothing was said involving any leader linked with the Telugu Desam Party.
There have been allegations about thousands of crores being diverted or given to firms linked with him or the ‘Telugu Desam Party’. This is a case of yellow media drawing non-existent links between individuals and companies. Attention is being diverted on the state government’s attempts to dilute or stop cases investigating YS Jagan’s disproportionate assets worth 43,000 crore rupees. As Jagan faces more pressure from the CBI, courts and Enforcement Directorate regarding his properties, the media is trying to put false accusations on Chandra Babu Naidu and TDP.