New Delhi: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Monday and submit a memorandum against the alleged autocratic functioning of the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP government in Andhra Pradesh.
“The TDP government in Andhra Pradesh is doing everything in its power to subvert democracy and steal the election. I met the Chief Election Commissioner and informed him of the various ways in which the current government is undermining the electoral process. I requested him to intervene in the matter and ensure that free and fair elections are held in Andhra Pradesh,” Reddy, Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly told reporters after the meet.
Jagan, as he is widely known, alleged that the “unfair and unethical means” used by the TDP government included manipulation of electoral rolls, misuse of government machinery and partisan use of police officers to intimidate the opposition and keep a tab on them.
He said his party identified 52.67 lakh defective and duplicate voters in September 2018 and brought the matter to the attention of the CEC several times.
He claimed that the number of defective voters increased by 59.18 lakh at the behest of the TDP government. “Out of 3.69 crore voters, if nearly 60 lakh are “invalid or defective”, it reflects very badly on the election process, Jagan said.
He said the Election Commission should consider conducting elections in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the same day as there were many voters who have votes in both the states.
Jagan also claimed that the TDP was misusing government machinery by conducting various surveys and gathering data to identify voters sympathetic to YSRCP and delete them from the voters’ list. He alleged that the TDP had parked Rs 4,000-5,000 crore in all the 175 Assembly constituencies for distribution among the voters.
Jagan alleged that the TDP government was giving out of turn promotions to police officers, especially to those belonging to Naidu’s community. He demanded that Director General of Police R.P. Thakur, Additional DGP A.B. Venkateswara Rao and DIG G. Srinivas be removed from election duty.
Furthermore he alleged that TDP has uploaded the entire voter list on the website with photographs of voters, even
though the original voter list provided to political parties by the EC doesn’t contain photos.
“This is a blatant infringement on privacy of voters, and a highly unethical action by the party. Even if a single voter is excluded from exercising his/her right, it demolishes the very idea of
democracy,” he added.
Escalating attack on Chandrababu Naidu-led government, Jagan said,”In its misrule of 4 years 8 months the Telugu Desam Party has institutionalized corruption in Andhra Pradesh. From this ill-gotten money the TDP has parked around 4 to 5 thousand crore in all the 175 constituencies for spending and for distribution to the voters through select people including police personnel in the ensuing elections.”
Jagan alleged that the TDP government was giving out of turn promotions to police officers, especially to those belonging to Naidu’s community. “Many honest police officers are being threatened and abused by TDP MLAs without any follow up or formal action against them,” YSR Congress Party President said.