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Chandrababu Naidu demands reverting back to ballot paper

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Chandrababu Naidu demands reverting back to ballot paper
13 April, 2019
Andhra Pradesh incumbent Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in New Delhi with a letter complaining that the poll body “miserably failed to live up to the spirit of the constitutional duty” in the state.

After the meeting CBN said: “The government of India is interfering through EC. We have complained against EVMs earlier. EC is an autonomous body but is working at the instructions of Modi. Transfers of officers in Andhra Pradesh is also unjustified."

“We demand the Election Commission of India for reverting to paper ballot system immediately to preserve the sanctity and protect the spirit of electoral process and democracy respectively,” said Naidu emerging from the poll body’s office in New Delhi.

Describing the acts of the poll panel as "unfair", Naidu said that the "Election Commission has lost all credibility among the people of the nation" and its image has been dented in their eyes.

He alleged that the poll panel observer in the State was having links with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). 

Andhra Pradesh voted for all 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats on April 11 in the first phase of the parliamentary elections. The polls were marred by the malfunctioning of EVMs at various places in Andhra Pradesh prompting Naidu to lash out at the Election Commission for failing to conduct elections in a fair manner.

The TDP chief said that voters of AP faced a lot of problems due to the malfunctioning of EVMs. He alleged that EC transferred the IPS and IAS officers based on BJP and YSRCP complaints but failed to conduct elections peacefully. 

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