Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, on the 13th of April, will visit Delhi to protest against the Election Commission of India (ECI) for conducting unfair elections in Andhra Pradesh.
On the 11th of April, Andhra Pradesh conducted its Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Mr. Naidu, the President of the ruling Party of AP, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) wrote to the ECI about 380 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunctioning during the polls. He also demanded, the polls be held again in some areas of Andhra Pradesh, due to unfair and violent elections.
According to Naidu, the ECI was like a branch office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is supporting the Party indirectly by conducting biased polls.
Mr. Naidu said, the ECI is the puppet of the BJP and wants to help the opposition Party, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP.)
Naidu said, “At one stage 4400 EVMs malfunctioned on the polling day, but EC was seen in audience position without taking any action.”
Naidu also raised questions regarding the security arrangements at the polling stations. He said, when the TDP asked for 392 companies of paramilitary forces, the ECI gave only 190.
Mr. Naidu also highlighted the violent attacks which took place during the polls and alleged the ECI of not meeting the security demands, due to which, Siddha Bhaskar Reddy, a TDP worker, lost his life.
Siddha Bhaskar Reddy died in a clash against a YSRCP leader in Tadipatri, Anantapur.
Pointing finger at the YSRCP, the Naidu led TDP said, the elections were in favour of the YSRCP due to which the Party not only refrained from complaining about the EVMs, but also appreciated the ECI.
Disappointed with the ECI, Mr. Naidu, on behalf of 22 anti BJP parties, called for a protest.
The protest, named as ‘Save Democracy, Save India,’ will be held on the 13th of April, in Delhi.
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