ANDHRA PRADESH

Tension marks election in Prakasam

Special Correspondent

Two persons die in clashes between Congress and Teludu Desam Party workers



Addanki recorded the highest poll percentage of 75, Giddalur recorded the lowest 63

Repoll necessitated in six polling stations



Women waiting in a long queue at Santapet to cast their votes in Ongole on Thursday

A orthopaedic doctor, who sustained serious injuries in a road accident recently, was brought by a stretcher to cast his vote in Ongole on Thursday

ONGOLE: Tension marked the election in Prakasam district where the Congress and TDP workers clashed at several places leading to the death of two persons and necessitating repoll in six polling stations. The average poll percentage was 68.24. While Addanki recorded the highest poll percentage of 75, Giddalur recorded the lowest 63.

In Perayapalem lying in Addanki constituency, Congress and TDP workers clashed with sticks and a poll agent, Chennupati Ramesh died.

It all started when a wife and husband, known sympathizers of the Congress, came to cast their votes. The husband wanted to help his wife cast the vote on the plea that she was not able to distinguish the ballot papers of Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. The presiding officer refused permission to the husband to accompany his wife into the booth.

But later a couple belonging to the TDP faced the same problem. Ramesh, Congress worker sitting in the booth as agent of an independent candidate, raised objection, leading to an altercation.

Police entered the scene and drove away the clashing groups. The groups, however, clashed outside the booth using sticks. Ramesh who sustained an injury on his temples was rushed to hospital where he died later.

In Kalanutala village of Pedaraveedu mandal, Congress and TDP workers clashed in which a former sarpanch, K Chenna Reddy died.

Altercation

The day started on a troublesome note when Cumbum MLA, Udumula Srinivasa Reddy visited a polling booth in Konakanamitla mandal dominated by the TDP. As the TDP men drove away Congress agent, Mr Srinivasa Reddy questioned the village leaders leading to an altercation. When the TDP men swarmed his vehicle, he asked the driver to move the vehicle. The vehicle ran over a person who broke his leg.

The district election authority recommended repoll at Thotavaripalem (Polling Station No 29) in Chirala, Markapur town (PS No 42) where Electronic Voting Machines failed. It also recommended repoll in four other places – Ramanagar in Chirala (59), Boddikurapadu of Darsi (211 and 213), Polinenicheruvu of Kandukur (1) where miscreants damaged EVMs by pouring water on them.

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