With TV attack on Sonia & PM, Jagan signals itís time to go

After warning that he was running out of patience as the Congress High Command was ignoring him, Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's television channel Sakshi TV attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an hour-long special programme aired Friday night. The Sakshi programme blamed Sonia Gandhi for the "sorry state of affairs in Congress" and called the Prime Minister a "rubber stamp." Jaganmohan who has taken a break from his consolation tours of the districts did not make any comments in the programme but a voice-over in Telugu made scathing remarks against the Congress party and Sonia Gandhi. For several weeks, the 24-hour Telugu news channel and Telugu daily Sakshi have been reporting about Jaganmohan's 'Odarpu Yatra' and have published articles criticising Chief Minister K Rosaiah. But it's the first time that his channel has taken Sonia Gandhi head on. Political observers feel that this could possibly be Jaganmohan's parting shot before he quits the Congress to form his own party.

The special programme on Sakshi television was telecast to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Congress party. "Sonia Gandhi is neither the President nor the Prime Minister but she is dictating the politics of the country. There is a coterie around Sonia which is responsible for the mess in the Congress," the programme said.

Calling Prime Minister Singh a "rubber stamp," Sakshi said the PM remained a mute witness even as the 2G spectrum scandal surfaced and cited Supreme Court's observations. The channel blamed Sonia Gandhi's "shortsightedness and leadership" for the "decline and degeneration" of the party. Targeting her foreign origin, the programme also made a reference to the Bofors scandal and her links with Ottavio Quattrochi.

The programme showed clippings of Sonia Gandhi's public addresses and claimed that "Sonia Gandhi is even losing her popularity in her own Rae Bareily constituency. Sonia Gandhi is not a good orator and cannot address a gathering in fluent Hindi."

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