Hyderabad: YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today called on Governor E S L Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and presented a memorandum on the violent incidents occurred in Andhra Pradesh during the general elections and aftermath.
Jagan, accompanied by senior leaders of his party met the Governor and closeted with him for half-an-hour. He apprised the Governor of the TDP-sponsored violence and attacks against his party MLAs and functionaries at different places in the State.
Speaking to the media later, the YSRCP chief said, “We have lodged a complaint with Governor ESL Narasimhan about Chandrababu Naidu, who has appointed his henchmen in crucial places to help the TDP in all ways during the elections and post poll violence and sought his intervention to put the issue under check. There were many instances of violence and attacks on YSRCP cadre are on the rise as Chandrababu Naidu has given out-of-turn promotions belonging to his community to target the Opposition party and its sympathizers.”
Jagan explained to the Governor that Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao had gone into the polling booth and locked himself up creating a vicious atmosphere and provoking the onlookers, instigating violence and the police did not file a case against him but registered cases against YSRCP workers in Guntur and other places, he added. The strong rooms where the EVMs are stored at various places should be guarded and strict vigilance should be placed pressing para-military forces into service as there was an incident in Machilipatnam where unauthorized people had just opened the strong room and there was an attempt to tamper with the EVMs.
On Chandrababu Naidu’s complaint about EVMs, he said, these theatrics are not new for him as he always wanted someone or something to blame for his failure. Instead of gracefully accepting the people’s verdict he has been trying to make a mockery of it. It was the same EVMs that were used in 2014 when his coalition had won, we did not complain. Just three months before the general elections, Congress won Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka and there were no complaints. Only when the going gets tough, the weak and losers start shouting and begin searching reasons for their failures. Before the EVMs are put to use, the polling agents verify them and conduct a mock polling of 50 votes and only after they certify, the actual voting begins.
YSRCP leaders Dharmana Prasada Rao, Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, S V Mohan Reddy and Parthasarathy and a host of others were part of the YSRCP delegation called on the Governor.