The abrupt closure of Metro India English Daily newspaper has become a subject of hot debate among political and media circles. Grapevine is that KCR's son and IT minister K T Rama Rao forced the closure of Metro India all of a sudden to pave way for the launch of TRS party's English newspaper "Telangana Today".
Insiders say KTR visited Metro India office in Banjara Hills on Friday around noon and asked its owner C L Rajam to vacate the premises immediately. Incidentally, Metro India operates from the same premises from where Namasthe Telangana, TRS party's Telugu newspaper functions. While Metro India operates from the ground floor, Namasthe Telangana functions from top three floors.
Hurt by KTR's remarks, Rajam came out of his chambers in a hush and told his staff angrily that "I am winding up this paper. Today is the last working day (Friday). Don't come to office from tomorrow (Saturday)." This left the staff of Metro India shell shocked. The paper stopped its edition from Sunday. Rajam has been upset at TRS bosses ever since they took over his Namaste Telangana daily forcibly after coming to power, Rajam ran the telugu daily for three years but had to succumb to the pressure of TRS bosses and give up paper.
Later he launched Metro India English daily and he was for humiliation for the second time from TRS bosses after he was asked to vacate the premises forcing him to shut down the paper altogether. TRS insiders say KTR wants to launch new English daily Telangana Today by March-April 2016, as he strongly believes that all the top English dailies in Telangana are "anti-TRS" and the party desperately needs its own English daily along the lines of Namaste Telangana to publish positive stories on TRS government.