Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu lashed out against Election Commission of India for issuing orders to conduct re-polling in five stations between the Chandragiri assembly and Chittoor parliamentary constituencies, over which the YSRCP had complained to the CEO. He accused the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh of being partial towards the main opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).
"What is more disturbing is that the Election Commission of India set aside all complaints made by the Telugu Desam Party. The ECI did not respond to complaints of TDP that polling in the polling stations 166, 172, 173, 192, etc, were full of irregularities that required repolling. It is the job of the ECI to scrutinize all complaints and take a decision on the polling booths where repolling needs to be conducted," Naidu said in a letter addressed to the chief election commissioner, New Delhi. Earlier this month, YSRC MLA Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy alleged that a certain section of voters was not allowed to exercise their franchise on April 11 in his Chandragiri Assembly constituency in Chittoor district.
Naidu pointed out that as per the Representation of Peoples Act, no re-polling can be carried out without the explicit recommendation of the presiding officer, and claimed that the returning officer and district election offcer did not recommend re-polling in the five booths that will witness voting on 19 May.
"It is highly objectionable that the ECI is sitting on complaints made by the TDP while selectively and promptly responding on the complaints of the YSRCP. A trend has been observed that the ECI responds with lightning speed to the complaints made by the BJP and its friendly partis, while the complaints made by Opposition parties are not responded to even at a snail's pace," stated Naidu's letter.
Ever since the election process began, Naidu has been on a collision course with Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, CEO (AP) and the ECI. In his letter to the ECI on Friday, the AP chief minister also censured the ECI for allegedly not acting on complaints made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by opposition parties.
"The ECI's wilful inaction on complaints made by opposition partoes against the BJP, Prime Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah; its arbitrary and one-sided actions in the states of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in transferring officials, conducting re-polls, unilaterally banning campaigning in West Bengal before the scheduled time and its selective action against leaders like Mayawati while exonerating Narendra Modi for similar charges clearly appear to be done at the behest of the BJP-led union government," alleged Naidu in his letter.