The ruling Telugu Desam Party had asked the Election Commission to order re-polling in the places where EVMs did not work and caused delay in starting the polling. The TDP leaders met Chief Electoral Officer Gopalakrishna Dwivedi and submitted a representation seeking re-poll. Senior TDP leader Varla Ramaiah and MLC P Ashok Babu submitted the representation for the re-poll.
The TDP leaders alleged that EVMs at 157 polling stations did not work and around 372 EVMs were reported defunct. The TDP wanted the EC to order for re-poll in these polling booths. The TDP alleged that the EC was working in favour of the YSR Congress. The TDP leaders also accused the Opposition YSR Congress of resorting to violence at several places in the State, terrorising the TDP polling agents and the voters.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress expressed anger and anguish over the ruling TDP’s excessive behaviour and accused the police of favouring the ruling party. The YSR Congress leaders M V S Nagi Reddy and Vasireddy Padma alleged that some poll officials and the police personnel were working for the ruling party. They alleged that the police officers were working as the ruling party agents and threatening the voters.
However, the State CEO Gopalakrishna Dwivedi told media persons in Amaravati that the EVMs were in place and the polling was in progress. He said that the EVMs which reported trouble in the beginning were either repaired or replaced. He appealed to the voters not to be carried away by the misleading campaign against the EVMs.
The polling, going by the present trends, is expected to cross 80 percentage by evening. It is expected that in some places, the poll percentage is expected to go beyond 90 this time indicating a swing, giving an impressive majority to the party that would come to power. If the poll percentage crosses 80 and 90, the winning party would get anywhere beyond 120 seats, the experts believe.