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Submits video-clippings of electoral offences to the CEO

TDP polling agents beaten up and chased away by Congressmen, alleges TDP

‘Presiding officer, police at two booths remained silent even as the rigging was going on’

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam candidate for Jammalamadugu Assembly constituency in Kadapa district has sought re-poll at five polling stations in the constituency, complaining that Congress followers have rigged votes at these booths on the polling day (April 23).

Mr. Reddy submitted a memorandum to Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao here on Wednesday, stating that Congress ‘goondas’ had beaten up and chased away Telugu Desam polling agents from these booths on the polling day. They later rigged votes by pressing the button on the electronic voting machine indiscriminately in favour of the Congress candidate.

He complained that the presiding officer and police personnel present at these polling stations, especially polling stations Nos 75 and 76, remained silent spectators when the Congressmen were committing the electoral offence. The five polling stations served the voters from seven villages, including Guriganur, Danavalapadu, Pedadandur and Devagudi.

Mr. Ramasubba Reddy, a former Minister, regretted that in spite of the heavy booth-capturing, the presiding officers did not mention a word about the happenings in their diaries. He submitted video-clippings of the happenings to the CEO as his party workers fortunately could videograph the incidents.

After receiving the video-clippings, Mr. Subba Rao said he would bring the candidates’ grievances to the notice of the Election Commission for a decision.