Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president and MP of Nalgonda Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday sought the immediate intervention of the Election Commission of India in the by-poll of Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly constituency, in view of rampant abuse of power and distribution of money by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Uttam Kumar Reddy has spoken to Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar from Kodada through video conference. He has also submitted a written representation to ECI. In the video conference, Uttam Kumar Reddy made it clear to the Election Commissioner that unless the Election Commission of India intervenes immediately as the entire election atmosphere has been vitiated with the misuse of power, money and liquor by the ruling party.
He said in his representation that unless Covid-19 guidelines of the Election Commission of India are implemented, there is every chance of spreading Covid-19 as thousands of people from local and other places would be mobilized for the public meeting of Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao slated for Wednesday.
Many non-locals are already camping in the constituency. He wanted that all non-locals should be asked to leave the constituency immediately. EC officials should seize thousands of vehicles being used for the campaign of TRS candidate which does not have permissions and not included in TRS candidate’s election expenditure register.
Urgent action should be taken against violation of ECI guidelines on the Covid-19 pandemic. Central forces must be deployed at the check posts and vehicles should be checked for cash and liquor.
The PCC president demanded the EC deploy central forces at all polling booths and must be ensured that Covid-19 guidelines are followed strictly in Chief Minister’s public meeting scheduled on April 14. He wondered how ECI could put the lives of the people at risk with a huge spike in Covid-19 cases in Telangana, shortage of hospital beds and vaccines. The Health Minister of the state has admitted these facts.
He wanted that the borders of this constituency must be sealed off to restrict outsiders from entering the constituency. He informed the Election Commissioner that during the recent MLC elections from graduates constituency last month, the ruling TRS party had resorted to the distribution of cash and liquor on a large scale. TRS workers have publicly distributed Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 per vote and liquor even on polling day. The same situation has emerged in Nagarjuna Sagar this time despite their repeated complaints against the ruling party’s corrupt practices.