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'Within Six Months, We Can Bring Media under Control, Take Them Over': New BJP TN Chief

Annamalai made the statements on July 14, while addressing party workers during a road show from Coimbatore to Chennai, before taking oath as party president.

New Delhi: Newly appointed president of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), K. Annamalai, has said he can bring the “media in the state under control within six months”, news reports said.

Annamalai made the statements on July 14, Wednesday, while addressing party workers during a road show from Coimbatore to Chennai, before taking oath as party president. He is expected to take oath on July 16 at the party headquarters in Chennai.

L. Murugan, who is now minister of state for information and broadcasting, would take care of all the media, he said.

Tamil Nadu information technology minister Mano Thangaraj told The Hindu, “His statement is an intimidating one. It is highly condemnable…I see this [Mr. Annamalai’s remarks] as a way of coercing the media into being favourable to one party, while the media have the responsibility to uphold freedom of expression.”

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According to the daily, Annamalai said, “Forget about the media. Don’t worry about things like they are carrying ‘false news’ about us, what can we do… Within the next six months, you will see that we can bring the media under our control, take them over… you don’t worry about anything. No media can keep projecting false information continuously.”

He further said, “Former BJP state president L. Murugan is the Union minister of state for information and broadcasting. All the media come under him. There cannot be ‘wrongs’ continuously. The media cannot continuously project false news. Such news cannot be used for politics.”

According to the News Minute, Annamalai was promoted from vice-president of the Tamil Nadu BJP unit in less than a year after the previous state BJP chief L. Murugan was inducted in the Union Cabinet.