Andhra Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections

Andhra CM Naidu Responds On EC's Letter; Says It Is Diverting From The Real Issue Of EVM Malfunctioning

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

While responding to the letter by the Election Commission (EC) asking the Andhra Pradesh CM their reasons behind the inclusion of a person accused of EVM theft in his delegation, Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP has said that the EC is diverting from the primary issue.

After the first phase of Assembly Elections in the state of Andhra Pradesh, CM Chandrababu Naidu had sought repolls in the state because of the innumerous cases of dysfunctional EVM and violence between the cadres of both TDP and its opposition, Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP. He formed a delegation and met CEC Sunil Arora in New Delhi on Saturday.

Following the meeting with the EC in Delhi, the EC had sent notice to the TDP questioning the presence of Hari P Vemuru, an accused in EVM theft. After the meeting on Saturday, Naidu said: 

“Government of India is interfering through EC. We have complained against EVMs earlier also. EC is an autonomous body but they are working at the instructions of PM Modi. Transfers of officers in AP are unjustified.”

He further took to Twitter expressing his disappointment in the functioning of the EC and accused PM Modi of handling the institutions and transferring the officers in Andhra Pradesh. He said that it was unfair for a democracy to held election in such violent situation. 

The Election Commission has examined people's patience. Even after the murders and attacks on women, election continued. Thousands of EVMs in the state did not function but EC did not mention the reason for failing.

"ECI is unilaterally dealing with the Prime Minister's recommendation of @narendramodi. It does not care for opposition complaints. Polling was held untill morning. Is this democracy? Further, CS has been unilaterally transferred the IAS of the CBI cases as the CEO."