When it comes to abuse of power in India, no one is an exception.
When Chandrababu Naidu was in power in Andhra Pradesh between 2014 and 2019, he showed undue favoritism to Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy newspapers, which remain TDP's traditional supporters since decades. Chandrababu issued state government advertisements worth hundreds of crores of rupees to Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy while ignoring Saakshi newspaper owned by YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Then the leader of opposition YS Jagan used to accuse Naidu of misusing public money and benefitting Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy newspapers which indulge in "TDP bhajan".
Now it's the turn of YS Jagan, who became CM of AP in May 2019.
Jagan issued govt ads worth Rs 52 crore within one year of him becoming CM to Saakshi.
Going at this pace, Sakshi will be benefited to the tune of Rs 250 crore by the time Jagan completes his five-year term and it could be even more if Jagan shows largesse.
Though Jagan hates Eenadu, he is compelled to issue ads as it is No.1 in terms of circulation. If Jagan issues ads only to Sakshi, which is No.2 in terms of circulation, ignoring No.1 Eenadu, it will land in legal troubles. For this reason, Jagan issued ads to Eenadu worth Rs 40 crore.
Andhra Jyothy, which is No.3 in circulation got zero ads from AP government because there is no compulsion to issue ads to newspapers from No.3 rank.
Keeping aside politics, one thing one has to keep in mind is that its the common people who are the losers because the money spent by Chandrababu or Jagan for their 'bhajan newspapers' is not their own money but the hard-money of common people who pay to the government in the form of various taxes.
Rulers abuse power and benefit their own media organizations or other media organizations run by their sycophants by splurging public money.