Patrika declares war

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/08/2016
The Rajasthan Patrika has declared war on Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia. In an editorial which is also available in audio on the paper's website,  the chief editor Gulab Kothari begins with the suspension of advertising to the group and goes on to ask why this has happened when advertising to this paper was not suspended even during the Emergency. He says it is because the Patrika has been steadily exposing what is the most corrupt government in the state since Independence. It ends by saying the Patrika will survive even if it has to sell some assets, but will this CM or her son make it back to power for another term?             
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