Andhra Pradesh

Chandragiri back in focus

Poll panel decision comes as a rude shock to TDP

Even after the elections, all eyes are on the Chandragiri constituency, which drew State-wide attention as leaders made charges and counter charges on the alleged online removal of voters.

It is back in focus with the Election Commission of India (ECI) announcing repoll in five polling stations coming under Ramachandrapuram mandal of the constituency.

The TDP and the YSRCP, which had fought tooth and nail here, have successfully managed to keep the pot boiling. The ECI decision came as a rude shock for the TDP as all the five polling stations were considered to be its stronghold as they fall in the Kamma-dominated villages.

‘Cause for concern’

The five booths, N.R. Kammapalli (321), Pulivarthipalli (104), Kothakandriga (316), Kammapalli (318) and Venkatramapuram (313 ) will go for repoll on May 19 (Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hindu had carried a report on January 23 this year quoting K. Ramulu, member of the National SC/ST Commission, who had come all the way from New Delhi to visit the SC Colonies of RC Puram and interacted with the voters who had never been to a polling station during the last three decades. Mr. Ramulu had then said that depriving nearly 5,000 voters of their right to vote was a cause for serious concern.

It may not be a coincidence that the villages kept out of the process for three decades and the polling stations going for repoll are almost the same.

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