Andhra Pradesh candidate breaks EVM over unclear names

Politics

11 Apr 2019

From smashing EVM to clashes, Andhra is witnessing high-octane polls

Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a high-octane electoral battle. Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls are being held simultaneously in the coastal state on Thursday.

TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu is hoping he gets another term as Chief Minister whereas his opponent Jagan Reddy of YSR Congress is certain people would "vote for change".

While we will know the results on May 23, polling in Andhra was controversial.

Here's what happened.

Stakes

In Reddy v/s Naidu, Kalyan may become kingmaker

In Reddy v/s Naidu, Kalyan may become kingmaker

Andhra has 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats. Though there is a direct battle between Naidu and Reddy, actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan may have an important role after elections are declared.

Kalyan's party Jana Sena has also fielded candidates. If both TDP and YSRC fail to get a majority, Kalyan may play the role of a "kingmaker".

Breaking EVM

Earlier today, Jana Sena's candidate broke the EVM

After polling began in Andhra, concerning reports pertaining to the behavior of a Jana Sena's candidate emerged.

Madhusudan Gupta, who went to a booth in Gutti to get inked, picked up the EVM and smashed it on the floor. He was reportedly upset with polling staff as names of assembly and parliamentary constituencies were not displayed properly.

The unruly candidate was arrested.

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Here is the video of the incident

Letter

Citing faulty EVMs, Naidu asked EC to conduct polls again

Citing faulty EVMs, Naidu asked EC to conduct polls again

Meanwhile, Naidu alleged that 30% EVMs in the state weren't working. He claimed this put off voters and they returned without casting their votes.

Naidu wrote a letter to EC to inform about the same and suggested that re-polling should be done in booths where voting didn't start till 9:30 AM.

While election officials accepted there were glitches, they claimed the problem was fixed.

Notably, Pawan Kalyan also complained about EVMs

Clashes

Separately, 2 died after TDP and YSRC workers clashed

Unfortunately, elections in Andhra turned violent after workers of YSRC and TDP clashed. TDP worker Chinta Bhaskar Reddy and YSRC man Pulla Reddy died after both parties got involved in a scuffle.

Reacting on the incident, Naidu said YSRC was taking the route of violence as they were scared of losing elections.

Clashes were also reported from Kadapa district and Atmakur assembly constituency.

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Who broke the EVM in Andhra?

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How many seats went into poll in Andhra Pradesh?

Asked 2019-04-11 13:06:59 by Shaurya Malik

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25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats went into polls on April 11.

Who broke the EVM in Andhra?

Asked 2019-04-11 13:06:59 by Arnav Chopra

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Madhusudan Gupta, a Jana Sena candidate, smashed the EVM. He was angry with polling staff as names of parliamentary and assembly constituencies weren't displayed properly.

Did police take any action against Madhusudan Gupta?

Asked 2019-04-11 13:06:59 by Navya Tata

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Yes. He was arrested.

Why did Chandrababu Naidu write a letter to EC?

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Chandrababu Naidu wrote to EC to complain about faulty EVMs. He said re-polling should happen in booths where voting didn't start till 9:30 AM,

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