Will agitate at Delhi to protect democracy in AP: Naidu

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, Babu said that he would launch an agitation and legal battle to protect democratic system, if needed.

By Author  |  AP Bureau  |  Published: 12th Apr 2019  6:45 pm

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that he would go to Delhi on Saturday to lodge a complaint with Election Commission of India over the non-functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, he said that he would launch an agitation and legal battle to protect democratic system, if needed.

People voluntarily came forward to exercise their franchise by making rounds to polling booths again and again as the EVMs failed to work at many places in the State, he observed.

The Chief Minister said that the Chief Electoral Officer himself failed to exercise his vote due to non-functioning of EVM, which reflects the failure of Election Commission in conducting elections in a fool-proof manner. The EC had crossed its limits and transferred Intelligence DG and SPs of two districts without consulting the State Government, he noted.

He claimed that there is a silent wave in favour of Telugu Desam Party in the State and no one predicted it. Senior citizens, men and women and youth waited in long queues to exercise their franchise to protect the democratic system and prevent Jaganmohan Reddy’s rule, he remarked.

The YSR Congress Party activists resorted to violence and Narendra Modi, KCR and Jaganmohan Reddy were trying to destabilise the government in Andhra Pradesh, he alleged. He also alleged that the YSR Congress leaders started campaign saying that they had purchased all the IPS officers, which indicates their brutal mentality.

The Chief Minister said that a returning officer in Mangalagiri had said that the EVMs were not working forcing him to change them repeatedly. Lokesh was contesting from the constituency and no higher officials responded over the complaint on malfunction of EVMs. He also alleged that the YSR Congress resorted to violence and attacked on Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad.