Congress expresses fears of large-scale irregularities

The Congress has urged the Election Commission of India to depute a special task force comprising at least 10 officials to monitor the by-elections to Kadapa parliamentary constituency and Pulivendula Assembly seat.

Congress MLA and AICC secretary P. Sudhakar Reddy at a press conference here on Tuesday said reports emanating from the district expressed fears about large scale irregularities in the run up to the by-polls.

Stating that the parties contesting the polls were using every means to woo the voters much against the model code of conduct, he wanted the special task force to keep a close watch on the movements of the candidates and the parties.

At another press conference, APCC spokesperson N. Tulasi Reddy said the YSR Congress Party was looking for lame excuse to cover up its likely debacle in the by-polls. He said allegations of police high handedness and misuse of official machinery were only to divert the voters' attention.

Meanwhile, a meeting of Youth Congress leaders held in Gandhi Bhavan decided to depute teams of 10 members each for seven Assembly segments of Kadapa parliamentary constituency to campaign for the ruling party.

The meeting chaired by Indian Youth Congress general secretary Jothimani asked the youth wing leaders to highlight late YSR's association with the Congress party.

The Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress president T.J.R. Sudhakar Babu left with the Youth Congress team to campaign in Kadapa on Tuesday.

  • Parties using every means to woo voters: Sudhakar Reddy
  • Youth Congress to depute teams to campaign for ruling party