Former DSP D. Nalini may contest as Independent in Parkal bypoll

Hundreds of people have laid down their lives and scores of others sacrificed their jobs or lost their precious careers for the sake of the Telangana movement.
But when it comes to electoral politics, all these sacrifices are futile as the pro-Telangana parties, too, are dominated by only rich and influential people.
And one requires either money power or the support of a godfather to become an MLA or an MP.

Journalists as sitting ducks
By A. SRINIVASA RAO
PUBLISHED: 14:13 EST, 20 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:13 EST, 20 May 2012
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For the last few of weeks, an intense debate has been going on in Andhra Pradesh over ‘freedom of the press’.
This was sparked by the Central Bureau of Investigation’s move to freeze the bank accounts of the Telugu daily Sakshi and the television channel of the same name, which are owned by YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as part of its investigation into his alleged disproportionate assets.
A few of days later, the Congress government in the state issued orders withholding advertisements to the daily and the channel on the pretext of the CBI inquiry.

Uproar: Journalists protest against the Union and AP govt in Hyderabad
And on Friday, the government permitted the CBI to attach the properties of the Sakshi and its sister concern Janani Infra.
The journalist community in the state is vertically divided into two groups over whether or not these developments amount to gagging the press.
One group represents journalists belonging to Sakshi and the other the rival media groups – Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy, who have been prominently highlighting the CBI inquiry against Jagan and how he had floated Sakshi with illgotten money.
The scribes belonging to the other print and electronic media, too, have joined one group or the other, conducting debates for several hours and carrying articles supporting or condemning the CBI action against Sakshi management.
One section of the media argues that there is a thin line separating the freedom of press and the business interests of the management.
In the case of Sakshi daily, the CBI is probing into certain allegations of irregularities in flow of funds to its management; and hence, it thought it appropriate to freeze the accounts of the media house, without causing any disturbance to the normal functioning of the daily or channel.
Therefore, the CBI action does not amount to gagging the media.
However, the Sakshi management sought to project the CBI move as an attack on the freedom of the press.
Right from the beginning, it has been questioning the independent functioning of the CBI and alleging that it was victimising Jaganmohan at the behest of the Congress government at the Centre.
Naturally, when the CBI froze its accounts, the Sakshi daily described it as a black day, filled its front page with black colour; its journalists took out a demonstration with banners condemning Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the CBI. And it got the support not only from the journalists’ unions, but also from media houses across the nation.
It is ironic that the Eenadu group is supporting the state government’s action against the Sakshi group that will throw thousands of scribes out of their jobs
The journalists opposing the CBI move argue that though the matter concerned the Sakshi management, it would have a direct impact on thousands of journalists working in the daily and the channel.
‘The freezing of accounts, stopping of advertisements and attachment of properties might be part of the inquiry, but they would ultimately lead to the closure of the media house and it would render thousands of scribes jobless. We are worried about them, not the management,’ says Devulapalli Amar, secretary general of the Indian Journalists Union.
Ironically, Sakshi’s rival group Eenadu also cried foul when former CM Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ordered raids by the CID on Margadarshi Financiers owned by Eenadu group chairman Ramoji Rao in connection with the illegal collection of deposits from the people.
While Ramoji Rao described it as an attack on freedom of press, his rival groups argued that the probe was not against Eenadu daily, but his another business venture.
Now, the same Eenadu group is supporting raids on Sakshi.
So for some, press freedom depends on which side they are on.
‘T’party is over for this valiant woman
Hundreds of people have laid down their lives and scores of others sacrificed their jobs or lost their precious careers for the sake of the Telangana movement.
But when it comes to electoral politics, all these sacrifices are futile as the pro-Telangana parties, too, are dominated by only rich and influential people.
And one requires either money power or the support of a godfather to become an MLA or an MP.

Former DSP D. Nalini at Jantar Mantar sitting on indefinite hunger strike For Telangana State
A woman police official D.Nalini, who had resigned from the plum post of deputy superintendent of police for the sake of Telangana last year, has realised this a bit late.
She thought the Telangana parties would acknowledge her sacrifice for the sake of the movement, but her dreams were completely shattered.
Nalini, who hit the national headlines by taking up an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi last year, wanted to get into politics by contesting the ongoing byelections to Parkal assembly seat in Warangal, but unfortunately, she was rejected by all the parties.
She knocked the door of every political party – the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Congress and even the BJP, seeking their support but she drew blank everywhere.
Even the Telangana political joint action committee has ignored her plea.
Left with no job and no political post, Nalini is now planning to contest the Parkal bypoll as an Independent.
But going by the centrality of money and liquor in politics, the chances of Nalini winning the seat are very bleak.

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