The ruling Telugu Desam Party took its battle against the EVMs to the Election Commission. The party president and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu led a delegation to the Chief Election Commissioner in Delhi on Saturday and held a protest against the EVMs and their authenticity. He lodged a complaint with the EC against the EVMs not worked in Andhra Pradesh on April 11 polling. He said that people across the State have reached the polling stations from early hours and were made to wait till late in the night. He wanted the EC to count at least 50 per cent of the VVPATs along with the EVMs.
The EC, in turn, had justified the use of EVMs and expressed its inability to count 50 per cent of the VVPATs. However, it had asked the party to send an expert to the EC for demonstration on the quality of the EVMs and their tamper-free mechanism. The EC is ready for debate and even demonstration on the EVMs and had invited the TDP delegation. But, the EC had declined for debate with the delegation due to the presence of Vemuri Hariprasad in the delegation, who is an accused in one of the election related cases. He is accused of robbing a ballot box in 2009 elections and a case was filed in Mumbai police station on May 13, 2010. The EC objected to the presence of this man, while the TDP insisted on his presence.
The TDP said that the police have failed to file charge sheet against Hariprasad in the case till now and he had attended several technical meetings earlier with the EC on behalf of the TDP. The TDP said that it would send Hariprasad and there was no compromise. The TDP had also written to the EC categorically stating that Hariprasad would be part of the delegation. However, it is to be seen if EC allows Hariprasad for the discussion and demonstration on Monday or not. The TDP legal cell chairman and Rajya Sabha member Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar told media persons in Delhi that the party would insist on the EC allowing Hariprasad in the delegation to discuss technical issues relating to the EVMs and the VVPATs.