Sep 03, 2012 at 08:51am IST

Andhra BJP to launch Orange TV

The state BJP plans to enter the electronic media by launching its own Telugu TV channel in the name of Orange TV to popularise its ideology by utilising cable network.

The facility, costing Rs 25 lakh, will come up at the party’s four-storeyed state office building at Nampally in the city and will be ready in six months. This was disclosed by BJP state president G Kishan Reddy here on Friday.

“The channel will provide a platform to people to debate the party’s political ideology and promote value-based politics in society,” Reddy said and added that he would discuss his plans with others at party meetings.

According to the party, the CPM is starting its own TV channel, Red TV, and so are some other left parties.

The state leadership of the saffron party is under tremendous pressure from the cadre for the party to start a TV channel to counter left parties’ political criticism.

The BJP and more than 60 organisations which are working in different fields but are ideologically aligned with it think a TV channel of their own will help all these organisations send messages and thoughts directly to their viewers and may even consolidate and improve their vote bank.

 The party state president will be on a three-day Satyagraha at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from September 3 to 5 to force the Centre to de-merge the former Hyderabad state region from the present unified state of Andhra Pradesh.

 Speaking at a meet-the-press organised by the Telangana Journalists’ Union (TJU) here on Friday, Reddy declared that they would target the central government and the Congress on the Telangana issue.

 He blamed the Congress and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu for the 850 suicides committee by youths all over Telangana for a separate state.