YSRCP President YS Jaganmohan Reddy has alleged that the Telugu Desam Party is exploiting agencies and collecting data to identify and weed out YSRCP sympathisers ahead of the elections. Opposition leader Jagan said on Monday that close to 60 lakh votes in support of TDP were invalid.
Jagan also accused Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of handing top police posts to TDP supporters who are lenient with the party, and called for Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to remove DGP RP Thakur from election duty. He also demanded the removal of AB Venkateswara Rao, ADGP Intelligence and Ghattamaneni Srinivas, DIG Law and Order and Co-ordination from election duty.
"Chandrababu appointed DIG Gattamaneni, who belongs to his caste. Many such people belonging to his caste were given key posts," Jagan alleged. He added, "We will take up the issue of how postings and promotions have been given with the Ministry of Home Affairs and also write to the Governor." He also brushed aside claims made by Naidu, who has alleged EVM tampering and called for them to be discarded. Jagan said that in 2014, Naidu won through the same EVMs, and asked whether should they consider it malpractice.
"In the recent state elections held in four states, BJP lost three of them. If tampering was possible, BJP would have won in those states," he pointed out. Jagan said that TDP is only making excuses for its future loss in the elections.
The YSRCP chief alleged that through Real Time Governance Society (RGTS), government apps and surveys, the government is illegally collecting data, identifying YSRCP supporters, coercing them and deleting names from electoral rolls.
Claiming that the TDP government has unlawfully given double votes to TDP supporters, he said, "59.18 lakh voters have been identified as ineligible defected voters. Out of these, 29 lakh of them have double votes in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the rest have double votes within the state. This entire list stored in a pen drive has been submitted to the CEC. On one side, their sympathiser's votes have increased, while our voters have been deleted," he alleged.
Jagan claimed that the TDP has amassed around Rs 4,000 to 5,000 crore, and parked in all the 175 constituencies for distribution during the elections.