YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo)
YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo)

YSR Congress accuses TDP of subverting democracy, stealing elections

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 17:17 IST

<p>Amravati (<a href="/search?query=Andhra Pradesh">Andhra Pradesh</a>) [India], Feb 04 (ANI): The <a href="/search?query=TDP">TDP</a> government in <a href="/search?query=Andhra Pradesh">Andhra Pradesh</a> is doing everything within its power to subvert democracy and steal the elections, the <a href="/search?query=YSR Congress Party">YSR Congress Party</a> (YSRCP) said on Monday.<br />In a press release, YSRCP chief <a href="/search?query=YS Jagan Mohan Reddy">YS Jagan Mohan Reddy</a> confirmed he held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) <a href="/search?query=Sunil Arora">Sunil Arora</a> and informed him of the various ways in which the <a href="/search?query=TDP">TDP</a> government is undermining the electoral process.<br />"I requested him to intervene in the matter and ensure that free and fair elections are held in <a href="/search?query=Andhra Pradesh">Andhra Pradesh</a>," he said.<br />Reddy alleged that the unfair and unethical means used by the state government included manipulation of the electoral rolls, blatant misuse of government machinery and partisan use of the police officers to intimidate the opposition and keep tabs on them.<br />He claimed that over 52.67 lakh "duplicate votes" had been identified in September 2018 and the number of such votes has increased to 59.18 lakh votes, "conceivably at the behest of the <a href="/search?query=TDP">TDP</a> government".<br />Reddy said he urged the CEC to ensure the deletion of all "duplicate and invalid votes" from the electoral rolls and consider conducting elections for both <a href="/search?query=Andhra Pradesh">Andhra Pradesh</a> and Telangana on the same day.<br />He alleged that the government is collecting data from voters through measures like Praja Sadhikara, <a href="/search?query=Real Time Governance Society">Real Time Governance Society</a> (RTGS) database, Parishkara Vedika grievance collection and periodic surveys and is misusing it for political purposes, "leading to coercing, influencing and intimidating the voters to the extent of getting their names removed from the voter lists".<br />"Even if a single voter is excluded from exercising his/her right, it demolishes the very idea of democracy," Reddy said.<br />He alleged that the <a href="/search?query=TDP">TDP</a> has sanctioned around Rs 4000 to 5000 crore for all the 175 constituencies for spending and distribution to the voters to influence them in the elections.<br />Reddy said, "Police officers belonging to communities that support the <a href="/search?query=TDP">TDP</a> are given key posts and are used to illegally tap phone numbers of political leaders and conduct a caste-based census of serving police officers to nullify the effect of the Election Commission-mandated randomisation of personnel."<br />He said he appealed to the CEC to remove DGP RP Thakur, ADGP-Intelligence AB Venkateswara Rao and DIG-Law and Order, Co-ordination Ghattamaneni Srinivas from election duty. (ANI)<br /></p>
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