Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party on Sunday urged the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Bhanwar Lal, to take action against the Kadapa district Collector for being favorable to a candidate. It also alleged that the Election Commission has utterly failed to ensure free and fair polling in Kadapa Parliamentary Constituency and Pulivendula Assembly segment.
A delegation of TDP leaders, led by the party leader, Mr Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu, met the CEO in the Secretariat and submitted a memorandum.
Speaking to the media, Mr Muddukrishnama Naidu said that they have presented a list of polling stations where polling was going on one-sided, to the CEO. The EC also failed to check the flow of money and muscle power in the by-elections, he alleged. The district Collector had even refused to utilize the services of 40 DSPs sent by the ECI. The Collector has not even conveyed the instructions of ECI to take signature and thumb impressions of each voter in polling booths and neither of them were taken in booths, he added.
He said that the TDP polling agents were not allowed inside 12 polling booths in Jammalamadugu constituency. It was reported that in these booths videography was managed so as to cover only a portion of the booth concealing certain concerns where certain people were reportedly standing and operating the machines at their will without allowing the voters to cast votes. Quite shockingly, it was reported that booth webcams and video were not allowed to work reporting as defunct and this serious manipulation needs immediate attention, he added.
He alleged that a large number of unauthorized vehicles were plying in the constituency with Saakshi carrying large number of rowdy elements from other districts and threatening the voters. He pointed out that the contesting candidate, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, was allowed to move into the booths accompanied by a large number of followers. For instance, at Chillamkuru and Erraguntla polling stations in Kadapa mandal, Mr Jagan enterd election booths with followers and vitiated election atmosphere. (NSS)