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EC summons AP CS, DGP to Delhi

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The election commission on Wednesday summoned Andhra Pradesh chief secretary and DGP to Delhi on the violence that took place in the state after the elections. Election observer Rammohan Misra visited several parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday and sent a report to the election commission.

Based on the report, the election commission had asked the chief secretary and the DGP to be present before the commission on Thursday and give an explanation. The commission is angry with the chief secretary and the DGP for not taking proper action to prevent the violence both on the day of polling and the next day.

Tirupati, Tadipatri and Karampudi have witnessed heavy violence after the polling. The ruling YSR Congress leaders attacked the TDP leaders and the candidate at Sri Padmavathi Mahila University. They used deadly weapons to attack the TDP leaders. A car was damaged and Chandragiri Assembly TDP candidate Pulavarthy Nani received bleeding injuries.

In Palnadu district, Karampudi in Macherla Assembly constituency, YSR Congress leader Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy, and his men resorted to violence. They damaged the TDP office at Karampudi. They destroyed the furniture in the TDP office and attacked the TDP workers sitting in the office.

In Tadipatri of Anantapur district, MLA Ketireddy Pedda Reddy and his men resorted to violence. They attacked the TDP activist’s house at Chinthala Rayuni Palem and damaged the house. Senior police officials reached the spot and dispersed the mob.

A Circle Inspector and two constables were injured in the incident. The ruling YSR Congress activists have resorted to violence at several places in the state. The election commission took these incidents seriously and summoned the chief secretary and the DGP.

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Naidu wants EC, police to restore law and order

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TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the increasing violence in the state due to elections. He said that the anti-social elements have entered the election scene to create disturbance.

The TDP chief said that the ruling YSR Congress leaders have been resorting to direct attack on the opposition candidates and leaders. The violence that took place at several places in the state on Monday was a clear sign of the ruling party’s planning, he said.

He alleged that the ruling YSR Congress leaders were attacking the TDP and other party leaders across the state to stop polling or create disturbance. The attacks were continuing for the second day across the state.

He said that the incidents reported from Palnadu district and Chandragiri Assembly constituency drew the attention of the election commission and the state police. He alleged that the police have remained mute spectators to the ruling party’s excesses.

He wanted the election commission to get into action and stop the attacks on the TDP and other party leaders by the ruling party. He alleged that the police have provided security to the ruling party leaders leaving the opposition leaders.

He wanted the election commission to review the situation and ensure that law and order is restored in the state. He said that the attacks on the people and leaders was not advisable for any democracy.

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Naidu demands involvement of EC to check increasing political violence in AP

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When the election process is on in the State, the YSRCP is escalating political violence, TDP supremo, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, said here on Tuesday and demanded the immediate involvement of the Election Commission to check this increasing brutality.

Though Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, is losing power in another 50 days, he is now encouraging political violence as the fear of losing power is haunting him, Chandrababu Naidu said in a press note released here. The YSRCP goondas who are in deep depression are resorting to attacks on the TDP activists in various parts of the State, he said.

Mulaiah of Gadikota in GIddalur Assembly segment was brutally hacked to death since he attended the recent Praja Galam meeting held at Chilakaluripet while 21-year-old Mr Imam Hussain of Chagalamarri in Allegedda segment too was mercilessly murdered and the car of the TDP activists in Macherla, Suresh, was set on fire, Chandrababu Naidu mentioned. Demanding that the police act in an impartial way and initiate stringent action against the culprits responsible for all these three incidents, Chandrababu Naidu strongly condemned the murder and faction politics of the YSRCP.

Assuring the affected families that the TDP will solidaly stand by them, Chandrababu Naidu felt that the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of Prakasam district, Parameswara Reddy, the Nandyal district, Raghuveer Reddy, and the Palnadu district, Ravisankar Reddy, are all dancing to the tunes of the ruling dispensation. Taking advantage of the support of these SPs, the YSRCP goondas are ruling the roost in their respective areas, he stated.

Since the Model Code of Conduct is in force in the State, the Election Commission should immediately focus on the prevailing law and order situation in the State, Chandrababu Naidu said and demanded urgent action to check the increasing political violence in the State after reviewing the situation.

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Raghurama complains to EC against AP CM

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YSR Congress rebel MP K Raghurama Krishnam Raju on Friday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and the State government. He took strong exception to the state government issuing orders to keep two helicopters ready for the use of the chief minister.

The rebel MP said that the chief minister wants to use the helicopters for his election campaign. He said that the chief minister wants to use the helicopters procured at the cost of the state exchequer for his election campaign.

The state government had issued orders on Thursday to keep two helicopters ready for the use of the chief minister. One helicopter would be kept at Vijayawada while the other would be kept at Visakhapatnam. The chief minister has a threat from the Naxalites and hence the helicopters are required for his safety.

The state government said that the chief minister would tour the north Andhra region using the helicopter from Visakhapatnam and the rest of the state from Vijayawada. The government wants to ensure that the chief minister’s security is tightened, and he is safe from any attacks.

The rebel MP said that it was against the election code as the chief minister wants to use the government money for the election campaign. He wanted the Election Commission to look into the issue and ensure that the chief minister does not use the helicopters for his party electioneering.

He also alleged that the chief minister was resorting to several election irregularities. He was also using the government functions to give political speeches, the MP said. The MP wanted; the Election Commission to regulate the chief minister and prevent him from making political statements from the government programmes.

The rebel MP alleged that the chief minister was using the government functions for his political campaign. He cited the example of house sites distribution at Ongole in Prakasam district on Friday. He said that the programme was organised by the government, but the chief minister had given a political speech making it a political meeting.

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Naidu meets EC, complains against Jagan government

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TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday met the Election Commission in the national capital. He submitted a 11-page representation to the EC on the electoral irregularities being committed by the state government. He sought the EC intervention to set the house in order.

Later, speaking to media persons, Chandrababu Naidu said that the ruling party was removing the votes of the opposition parties. He said he had never heard of such actions by any political party in any of the states in the country.

“For the first time, I am seeing a party removing the votes of other parties,” Naidu told the media persons. He alleged that the state electoral officer was not able to do anything as the government was going aggressive against the opposition parties. He also alleged that the government was booking false cases against those who question the government.

He said that he had submitted representation to the EC with all evidence. He also said that he had given evidence to the EC on removal of the votes. He alleged that the government was giving the data of the people to a private agency. The data is being collected by the volunteers and given to private agencies, he alleged.

Chandrababu Naidu wanted the Election Commission to visit Andhra Pradesh and see for itself the irregularities being committed by the government. He said he wanted the EC to send a delegation of the senior officials to AP to verify their complaint.

“I have asked for an independent committee of officials to visit the state. They should not meet the officials in the state. They should visit the places on their own and verify the irregularities,” Naidu said.

Naidu alleged that the government was resorting to fake cases against the opposition parties. He cited the example of the state police booking a case against him in Punganur and Angalla where the ruling party activists have attacked the TDP leaders and the police.

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TDP writes to EC on bogus votes

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The TDP on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of the Election Commission asking for certain steps to be taken by the EC to ensure genuine voters in the voters list.

The TDP wanted the EC to remove bogus votes and the votes which are not listed with the proper door number.

The TDP said that several representations have been submitted to your office earlier about bogus votes enrolment, deletion of eligible voters, enrolling several votes on the same door number, allocation of different booths to voters belonging to the same family, and other related issues.

However, there appears to be no action from your side as the enrolment of bogus votes is going unabated in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP said that votes residing in the same door number house should be enrolled in the same part, same section and same serial within the relevant electoral roll.

In case of enrolment of new votes or deletion of existing voters, it should be mandatory that the list be displayed on the notice board of the AERO/ ERO Office and in the concerned web portal, the TDP said.

Ensuring that door numbers are recorded correctly in the voter list, while simultaneously ensuring that there are no ‘zero’ door numbers, and several bogus voters are enrolled with single/same door numbers. Therefore, the genuineness of all such cases may be verified and bogus voters may be deleted.

The TDP wanted that the dead votes need to be removed periodically in a regular manner and in the door-to-door verification process of votes by BLOs starting from 21st July kindly ensure that BLAs are included in the verification process.

In respect of certain objections in connection with the revision of electoral rolls, information related to the action taken must be given to the person who raised the objection in the form of a reply, the TDP said.

Details of the 10.23 lakh votes deleted recently due to duplication and double entries may be provided to the political parties, the TDP wanted.

The TDP felt that it may be better to provide colour photos in place black and white photos in the electoral roll instead of the existing black and white photos.

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EC releases schedule for Munugode by-election

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The Election Commission had released the schedule for the by-election to the Munugode Assembly constituency in Telangana on Monday. According to the schedule, the Election Commission would issue the notification on October 7, and start receiving nominations.

As per the schedule, the last day for filing nominations would be on October 14 and the last day for withdrawal is on October 17. Polling would be held on October November 3 and counting on November 6.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Congress MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, who finally joined the BJP. Rajagopal Reddy would be contesting the by-election on the BJP ticket. It is to be seen if the voters would bless him once again as he is testing his time on the BJP ticket.

The Komatireddy brothers are very popular in the Nalgonda district. However, though Rajagopal Reddy had quit the Congress and joined the BJP, his brother Komatireddy Venkata Reddy is still with the Congress and the split between the brothers might turn as disadvantage to Rajagopal Reddy.

The Congress, which had won the 2019 elections is likely to field senior leader Palwayi Govardha Reddy or his daughter Sravanthi for the by-election. The segment had been a stronghold of the Congress with the Komatireddy brothers heading it.

The ruling TRS is yet to name its candidate for the by-election. The party is equally serious on wresting the seat from the Congress this time.

Interestingly, the TRS, Congress and the BJP have held public meetings in the constituency much before the schedule was released. It is to be seen how the voters would respond in the battle.

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EC issues notice to the YSRC on Jagan’s election

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The Election Commission had issued notice to the YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh asking clarification on Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy being elected as permanent president of the party. It may be recalled that the party plenary held on July 8 and 9, 2022 in Guntur district, had announced the election of Jagan Mohan Reddy as the party’s life-time president. The party also claimed that it had amended the party constitution to make the election.

The Election Commission said that the election of any person to any post in any party for life time is against the spirit of democracy and asked the YSR Congress to clarify this. The Election Commission said that it had sent three letters to the party seeking clarification.

However, the YSR Congress had sent a letter on September 11 along with some documents stating that the party’s constitution was amended on February 7, 2022. The YSR Congress also claimed that Jagan Mohan Reddy was elected “unanimously” at the party plenary but not as the life-time president. The party also blamed the media for its reports misrepresenting the facts.

The EC found that the YSR Congress Party’s blame on the media and wanted the party to make a public announcement at the earliest giving clarification on the election of Jagan Mohan Reddy as the party president and not as the life-time president.

It is to be seen how the YSR Congress would handle the issue as it had openly announced that it had amended the party’s constitution and elected Jagan Mohan Reddy as the life-time president.

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High Court orders Jagan Govt to follow SEC decision

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The Jaganmohan Reddy Government has received one more blow from the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The court gave its order after hearing both sides on holding the local polls. The High Court said that the decision of State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar would be final. The Government would have to follow his decision and cooperate with him in holding the elections.

The court took the SEC lawyer’s argument into consideration that the Election Commission would change its poll schedule as and when there would be guidelines from the Central Government on the Coronavirus vaccination. As such, the court told the AP Government to start cooperating with the SEC on the poll schedule.

The court had also ordered the Jagan regime to send three senior officers to meet with the SEC for following his instructions on the local polls. The three officers may also brief the SEC about the emerging situation on the vaccination and the virus infections. But, the SEC would take the final decision on conducting the polls. As per the SEC decision, the Government should start taking required measures to implement that decision.

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‘One nation, one election’ not feasible yet: EC official

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting of various political parties to discuss ‘one nation, one election’, or simultaneous parliamentary and assembly polls, Election Commission sources claimed that the idea is not feasible as of now.

A top Election Commission source said that if the idea was feasible, then the poll panel would have held simultaneous assembly polls this year only along with the Lok Sabha polls.

The Election Commission had conducted the general elections in seven phases for the 542 Lok Sabha seats between April 11 to May 19. Results of the election were declared on May 23.

The source also contended that taking case the law and order situation during simultaneous polls can be very challenging as the number of central paramilitary forces is limited.

He also said that there are over 90 crore voters across the country and to prepare the logistics for simultaneous polls can be very tough, as of now.

The remarks of the top Election Commission sources comes after Modi held meeting with the Presidents of several political parties during the day in Parliament to discuss the idea of ‘one nation, one election’.

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EC meeting Wednesday on opposition’s concern on EVMs: Congress

The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday to address the concerns raised by leaders of 20 opposition parties, who met the poll panel on Tuesday to voice their concerns over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and use of VVPATs, the Congress said.

“We have raised these same issues in last one and half months. Why they have not responded … the Commission heard us for almost an hour. They assured us they will meet again tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to address primarily these two issues,” senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.

The delegation comprised of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party’s Praful Patel, DMK’s Kanimozhi, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satish Chandra Misra, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Manoj Jha, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, Communist Party of India leader D. Raja and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

The delegation requested that the verification of VVPAT slips of five randomly identified polling stations should be done prior to beginning the counting of votes and not after completion of the last round.

They also sought that if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segment should be done.

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Naidu calls EC pro-government, wants action against Pragya

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused the Election Commission of being pro-government and demanded action against BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for “insulting” Mahatma Gandhi.

Talking to media after meeting EC officials, Naidu said, “The decisions of the Election Commission are very controversial, one-sided, pro-establishment.”

Accusing the EC of supporting the government, Naidu said: “We are fighting against the Election Commission and it is very unfortunate for all of us”.

He also questioned the EC for ordering re-polling in Andhra Pradesh after 25 days.

The TDP chief said action should be taken against BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.

“Even now you are not taking any action. If it is BJP MPs, Prime Minister, Amit Shah, you are not taking action. This is not right. I have complained to them (EC officials),” he said.

Thakur came under widespread criticism after describing Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a “deshbakht” (patriot).

On West Bengal, Naidu said the Commission had no right to transfer any official. “It is against the spirit of federalism…transferring officials is akin to surrendering to the Central government,” Naidu said.

He also targeted the EC for curtailing the election campaign in West Bengal by invoking Article 324 of the Constitution, raising questions over permission given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to conduct two meetings in West Bengal.

“I am a senior politician of this country and I have seen so many elections. But I have never seen this type of (Election) Commission,” he said.

With less than a week for announcement of Lok Sabha poll results, Naidu has planned meetings with several opposition leaders during his two day visit to the national capital.A

He met Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury and Aam Aadmi party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday evening.

On Saturday, he is expected to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi here and later Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati in Lucknow.

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Andhra cabinet meets following EC’s conditional nod

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The Andhra Pradesh state cabinet met on Tuesday and discussed measures required for relief in areas affected by cyclone ‘Fani’ and three other issues following the conditional nod given by the Election Commission (EC).

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu presided over the meeting, which lasted for about two hours.

The meet discussed ‘Fani’ cyclone relief, drinking water problem, prevailing drought conditions and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy told reporters after the cabinet meet that it was decided to provide compensation to farmers who suffered losses due to recent cyclone ‘Fani’.

With Naidu insisting on conducting the cabinet meet, the poll body had on Monday given its nod subject to condition that any new decision will require permission of the poll body before implementation.

The EC also made it clear that revision of rates or any outstanding payment will require its permission before implementation.

Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam and secretaries of the departments of disaster management, agriculture and panchayati raj attended the meeting.

The officials told the cabinet meet that as per the preliminary estimates, ‘Fani’ cyclone caused losses to the tune of Rs 58 crore. Detailed assessment of losses is currently underway.

The officials said electricity poles were uprooted in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts and standing crops were damaged.

The cabinet was briefed on drinking water problem, which is acute in Rayalaseema region. Water is being supplied through tankers to meet the requirements. The officials said crops were withering due to lack of water for irrigation.

The officials also informed the cabinet that prevailing drought conditions was leading to migration from Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts and sought early release of funds for payment under MNREGS.

The cabinet meeting was held amid Naidu’s stand-off with EC-appointed Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam over the issue.

The cabinet meet was originally scheduled on May 10 but had to be postponed as the chief secretary sought clearance from the EC in view of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats were held on April 11. The counting of votes will be taken up on May 23 along with Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

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ECI gives conditional nod for Andhra cabinet meet

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The Election Commission of India finally gave its nod to Andhra Pradesh for holding cabinet meeting on Tuesday, subject to condition that any new decision will require permission of the poll body before implementation.

A spokesperson for ECI said any new decision, revision of rates or any outstanding payment will require its permission before implementation.

The poll body also laid down the condition that there should be no media announcement of cabinet decisions such as enhancement of rates.

The cabinet meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday with four-point agenda approved by the poll body.

The ECI’s nod ended the suspense on the cabinet meeting called by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu amid his stand-off with ECI-appointed Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam over the issue.

The cabinet meeting was originally scheduled on May 10 but had to be postponed as the chief secretary sought clearance from the ECI in view of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Unhappy with ECI for preventing him from holding review meetings, Naidu had called the cabinet meeting and sent communication to the chief secretary along with the agenda that included ‘Fani’ cyclone relief, drinking water problem, prevailing drought conditions and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

Subramanyam held consultations with Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) G.K. Diwedi and other senior officials on MCC and sent the proposal to ECI for its approval.

Following this, the chief minister postponed the cabinet meeting to May 14. However, there was no permission from ECI till Monday evening.

Earlier in the day Subramanyam called on the chief minister and discussed the issue in detail.

The officials of various departments were caught in the tussle between the chief minister and the chief secretary as the chief minister has warned the officials that action would be taken against those not attending the cabinet meeting.

Naidu on many occasions vent his anger over ECI not allowing him to hold review meetings while permitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief ministers in other poll-bound states to conduct cabinet meetings.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had also shot off letters to ECI over what he called its biased approach.

Elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats were held on April 11. The counting of votes will be taken up on May 23 along with Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

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3 theatres seized in Andhra for screening ‘Lakshmi’s NTR’

The authorities in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district on Friday seized three cinema halls which screened the Telugu movie “Lakshmi’s NTR” in violation of the orders of the Election Commission of India.

The three theatres screened the film on May 1. Though the election authorities did not give permission to screen the film, the managements of the three theatres ignored the orders and exhibited the movie in the morning show. When local revenue officials came to know of this, they let off the theatres with a warning.

However, the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, took a serious note of this. He told the media on Friday that he recommended the EC to take action against the Kadapa district Joint Collector who failed to stop the screening of the film.

Following the CEO’s statement, Joint Collector Koteswar Rao ordered the concerned officials to seize the three theatres. Officials said these theatres can’t screen any movie.

The director of “Lakshmi’s NTR” and controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma had planned to release the movie in Andhra Pradesh on May 1, but the CEO had made it clear that the orders restricting the film’s exhibition were still in force.

Varma was asked to adhere to the EC’s April 10 order restricting the exhibition of the film till further orders.

“Lakshmi’s NTR”, which was released in Telangana last month, deals with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao’s second marriage with Lakshmi Parvathi and the subsequent events, including the revolt by his son-in-law N. Chandrababu Naidu, and NTR’s death.

The Election Commission had refused to allow the screening of the movie in Andhra Pradesh after some TDP functionaries approached it. They alleged that the film depicted Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu in negative light, which could impact the party’s poll prospects.

Elections to the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state were held on April 11.

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Ruling BJP takes advantage out of 73-day poll schedule?

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The 7-phase election schedule was first announced on March 10 from when the election code came into effect. There is a long gap of over 73 days till counting day on May 23. The Election Commission of India is in control of election scene for so many days. It means indirectly the ruling party at the Centre exercising its control in the name of the election code.

The long duration poll came as a big advantage for the Modi government at the Centre and its secret ally YCP in AP. There were allegations that the EC chalked out this poll schedule to suit the needs of the BJP. Moreover, there are also concerns and doubts over the chances for tampering the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Though the EC is an independent authority, there are concerns that it is favouring the BJP and allies. The Modi government faces criticism for its misuse of central institutions like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Income-Tax and what not. The long duration election process is no doubt denying level playing in election which is a threat to India’s democracy. AP people’s feelings are badly hurt at the manner of handling the election scene in the state. Their anger is multiplying going by how the Central governments are giving them raw deals first in 2014 illogical state division and the continued injustice afterwards.

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Andhra CM threatens EC with legal action to recover cost overrun

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Angry over the Election Commission preventing him from holding review meetings on ongoing projects, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday indirectly threatened the poll body with legal action to recover cost overrun.

Stepping up his attack on the Election Commission, Naidu alleged that it was usurping powers of a democratically elected government.

In a nine-page letter to the EC, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lashed out at the poll body saying it was intentionally paralyzing the state administration.

Stating that the review of ongoing projects like Polavaram and construction of the new capital city was required for completing of the works in a time-bound manner, Naidu said the Election Commission would be solely responsible for the cost overrun and loss of time of these projects.

“The people of Andhra Pradesh reserve the right to recover the cost overrun amounts from all concerned personally who come in the way of timely completion of these projects by initiating appropriate legal proceedings,” he wrote.

Naidu told the poll panel that since there was a gap of nearly six weeks between the conclusion of the elections and counting of votes, it was not constitutionally and legally correct to deprive the people of the state the right to be governed by their democratically elected government for five years.

He said since the electorate exercised their franchise, the poll panel had no jurisdiction to stop any review meeting by him or briefing by the officers.

Naidu said the Chief Electoral Officer’s comments that the Chief Minister did not have powers to review the departments was surprising and shocking and alleged that the CEO was exceeding his jurisdiction.

“Comments by CEO were absurd and arbitrary and also belittle relevance and primacy of political governance in a democratic polity.”

Naidu also took strong exception to the CEO directing Additional Director General (Intelligence) not to report to the Chief Minister and wondered if Director (IB) and National Security Advisor were are also prohibited from functioning under the Prime Minister.

“Have you issued similar orders in other states? If not, why this discriminating orders in case of the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh?”

The TDP chief pointed out that Prime Minister and also Chief Minister in Telangana continued to hold review meetings of the departments.

Stating that seven people died in thunderbolts last week, Naidu said this could have been averted if the democratically elected government was allowed to function.

“Who is responsible for these deaths?” asked Naidu and said many critical issues require urgent attention of the state government and cannot be postponed till May 23.

He reiterated that the Election Commission failed to conduct the elections properly, depriving many people of their right to vote.

Naidu wrote that in his 40-year-long political career he never saw an election which was so badly conducted, logistically mismanaged and poorly organised.

Elections to 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state were held in a single phase on April 11.

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Why Election Commission denied access to IP address in fake enrollment case

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Denying access to internet protocol (IP) address for the second time, the Election Commission (EC) has made it clear that it wouldn’t be possible while adding that Central Crime Station (CCS) to go ahead with the investigation of fake voter enrollment case. With the latest denial has posed a major obstacle for the investigation case into fake voter enrollment.

CCS officials are investigating the case into fake voter enrollment of former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat and Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar. During the course of voter enrollment, officials of GHMC accepted the applications without bothering to verify the credentials and this has resulted in a massive fake enrollment in names of Rawat and Rajat Kumar. Subsequently, CCS got into action to investigate the case.

Earlier also, the EC had denied furnishing IP address details, when AP Special Investigation Team (SIT) was investigating the mass deletion of voters from the electoral list.

According to reports spread in the media, the CCS officials have identified two persons from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) were responsible for fake enrollment registration as they worked as electoral registration officer and assistant. Voter ID of Rawat and Rajat Kumar were issued with an address come under polling booth in Masabtank area.

Having come to know of this, GHMC has lodged a complaint in last January. Cheating and impersonation case has been registered in this regard.

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Naidu’s fight in Delhi – EVMs can be hacked?

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The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are at the centre of an intense electoral and political controversy in the country right now. CM Chandrababu Naidu has taken it very seriously to prove that the EVMs can be hacked. So, these vulnerably machines should be set aside by bringing back the age old ballot paper system which has no scope for massive manipulation. Naidu is camping in Delhi now to prove that the Election Commission of India is not honest about the flaws in the EVMs.

Vemuru Hari Prasad, technical advisor to AP government, has asserted that the ECI has not yet proved that EVMs are fool-proof and that they are not vulnerable. He says that different countries are sending their EVMs to international hackers’ event ‘Def Con’ held in America every year to test their effectiveness. It helps to find flaws, if any, for taking up improvements in the machines. India has never sent its EVMs there.

Just like Def Con, the Indian Hackers Association conducts ‘Nullcon’ event in Goa where also expert hackers arrive to display their talent. Hari Prasad has earlier suggested to the ECI to sent EVMs to this event to test its strong and weak points. But this suggestion is also set aside. With technical questions remaining unanswered, the issue is now caught up in a serious political storm with 21 opposition parties demanding return to paper ballot system.

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