Making history of sorts, polling in some booths in Andhra Pradesh continued till midnight on Thursday as the total voter turnout reached nearly 80 per cent, capping hours of tension and clashes that left two dead and scores of others injured.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seeking re-election for the ninth time from Kuppam constituency in Chittoor district.
AP election day at a glance
On the eve of polling day, 197 companies of Central Armed Police Forces were deployed across Andhra Pradesh.
10.15 lakh first-time voters will vote in 175 Assembly constituencies.
Many polls booths reported EVM malfunctioning soon after the polling was started. Voting was delayed
Jana Sena Party candidate Madhusudan Gupta was arrested for damaging an EVM at Guntakal constituency in Anantapur district’s Gutti town.
TDP candidate Aravinda Babu was attacked allegedly by YSR Congress activists in Narsaraopet Assembly constituency.
Chandrababu Naidu has demanded repolling at the locations where EVMs did not work. He has written to the Chief Electoral Officer, saying 30 percent of the EVMs were not functioning till 10 am, according to the reports he had received. Demanding re-polling, he claimed that in some polling stations, votes for TDP were being recorded for YSR Congress.
In a video, a TDP councilor Shivashankar Yadav can be seen distributing money to voters at Nandamurinagar polling station in Kurnool, and in another video shows TDP leaders distributing money in Gudivada Assembly seat in Krishna district
YSRCP workers allegedly attacked Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who had gone to inspect a polling booth in Guntur’s Inumella village in Sattenapalle Assembly constituency.
TDP leader Bhaskar Reddy and YSRCP worker Pulla Reddy died in clashes between party cadres at the polling station in Tadipatri Mandal’s Veerapuram village, Anantapur district.
High tension prevailed in the Undavalli village of Mangalagiri constituency when IT minister Nara Lokesh staged protest against the failure of the Election Commission in ensuring peaceful polling on Thursday.
Many violent instances were reported across the state where many got injured in clashes which broke out between YSRCP and TDP workers at various polling stations. Sporadic incidents of violence between workers of rival parties continue to be reported across Andhra Pradesh, with casualties on both sides.