Andhra Pradesh: Section 144 imposed after violence in Anantapur, supporters in Guntur

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In the violence during the first phase of voting, one worker of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and main opposition party YSR Congress was killed. In the first phase, Thursday’s voting took place in 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats of Andhra Pradesh.

After electoral violence in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur, there is an atmosphere of tension in the area. Section 144 was imposed in the Tadipatri area and additional security forces have been deployed to maintain peace. A recent clash was seen on Friday in Guntur, when TDP and YSRCP supporters clashed with each other.

The security forces have been dispatched to know about the incident, but now the situation is under control. However, there is an atmosphere of tension after the clashes in this area of Jalkulu village. In the violence during the first phase of voting on Thursday, one worker of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and main opposition party YSR Congress was killed.

Police said that the clash took place in the village of Veerapuram under the Tadipri assembly constituency in the afternoon. According to the police, the dead were identified as Siddha Bhaskar Reddy of YSR Congress Party’s Pulda Reddy and TDP. TDP chief and state Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu condemned the death of his party worker and accused YSR Congress of violence for winning elections.

Countering Chief Minister Naidu’s allegations, YSR Congress alleged that local TDP MP Jay Diwakar Reddy and his MLA Bhai JC Prabhakar Reddy tried to disturb a polling booth in Veerapuram. YSR Congress claimed that Pulla Reddy was attacked with sharp weapon which led to her death.

EVM breakdown on many booths

In the first phase, voting was held on Thursday in 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats of Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh, EVMs have got the highest number of complaints of disruption and sabotage with machines. Voting continues till Thursday late night on more than 300 polling booths in many districts of EVM due to malfunction. The voting time was at 6 o’clock in the evening. However, due to the queue of voters outside the polling booth, they were given the right to vote.

According to the State Election Commission, more than 74 percent of the voters have registered for the 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Election Commission said that during the voting, 15 cases of subversion of EVM were revealed, out of which only 6 cases were from Andhra Pradesh.

A total of 46,120 polling stations were set up in the state for voting in which 8,514 were identified as sensitive and 520 left as extremist-affected areas. In the leftist extremist areas, voting took place only till 5 pm. These areas were mostly engaged in the border of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. 319 candidates for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state and the fate of 2,118 candidates for 175 seats in the Assembly have been imprisoned in the EVM.

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