YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy Monday urged Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to conduct the parliamentary elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the same day as many people are registered to votes in both the states.
At the meeting, Mr Reddy also sought deletion of about 60 lakh duplicate votes allegedly created by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP)-led government in Andhra Pradesh.
“The TDP government is doing everything in its power to subvert democracy and steal the election. I met the CEC and informed him about the various ways in which the current government is undermining the electoral process. I requested him to intervene in the matter and ensure free and fair elections in the state,” Mr Reddy told reporters after the meeting.
He also complained to Mr Arora that Chandrababu Naidu’s government has allegedly parked Rs 4,000-5,000 crore ill-gotten money in all 175 constituencies in the state for distribution to voters during the elections due in April-May.
“Not only this, a systematic approach is put in place to identify and delete the votes of YSRCP sympathisers,” he said, alleging that the TDP through an ”app” is conducting a survey to collect the data of YSRCP sympathisers and then remove such voters from the list.
He also alleged that data is being “unjustly collected” through the ”Praja Sadhikara Survey” via the Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) database, ”Parishkara Vedika” grievance collection and periodic surveys for political purposes.
This is leading to “coercing, influencing and intimidating the voters to the extent of getting their names removed from the voter lists”, he added.
Reddy informed the CEC that the police officers belonging to a particular community who are the TDP supporters have been given out of the turn promotions, while others are being denied important posts.
“Such favoured police officers are being used to illegally tap phones of political leaders, conduct caste-based census of serving police officers, gather political intelligence, booking illegal cases, harassing the opposition,” he alleged.