Uproarious scenes witnessed at the `in-camera' meet
TDP Minister demands re-polling Suryapet presiding officer grilled
GUNTUR/NALGONDA: Special enquiry officer and Tamil Nadu Chief Election Officer Naresh Gupta on Friday heard the contention of Telugu Desam Party and Congress party representatives with regard to alleged violation of rules during the Local Authority Constituency MLC elections on March 17 at Guntur.
"I have come here to hear all the political parties and shall submit my report to the Election Commission at the earliest, which will take a decision on re-polling or counting of votes," said Mr. Gupta after emerging from a three-hour session with political parties. He also interacted with presiding officers of Bapatla, Guntur Municipal Corporation, Guntur Mandal office, Tadikonda and Narsaraopet Municipality polling stations.
Uproarious scenes were reportedly witnessed in the `in-camera' meeting in the presence of Chief Returning Officer and Collector G. Jayalakshmi, Returning Officer for LAC and Joint Collector Rahul Bojja and District Revenue Officer B. Lakshmikantham.
Former TDP Minister J.R. Pushparaj said they had submitted newspaper cuttings and video clippings of all news channels and demanded re-polling. All the polling agents from Bapatla, Tadikonda, Narsaraopet, GMC and Guntur Rural mandal said that MLAs and other leaders had forced some voters to show their marked ballot paper.
Deputy Mayor Tadisetty Murali told reporters that the Congress had not done anything intentionally. All voters were present in the GMC Council and none from the TDP objected on the day of polling. It was only after pictures were published in papers, that the TDP was trying to make a case out it, he opined.
Inquiry at Nalgonda
In Nalgonda, Karnataka CEO R. Ramaseshu conducted an inquiry into the complaints of open ballot. He had a marathon meeting with officials at the Collectorate and interacted with leaders of various political parties. He grilled the Suryapet Municipal Commissioner, who was the presiding officer for the elections then.
District Collector K. Vijayanand, Suryapet MLA V. Venkaiah, ZP chairperson K. Narayana Reddy and others were present. Journalists were not allowed to cover the meeting.
Meanwhile, the district administration had filed a police case against the 24th ward Councillor P. Srinivas Yadav who reportedly flouted the election rules while polling was on.