Peddireddy slams Naidu over ‘bogus voting’ allegation in Tirupati LS by-poll


Tirupati:  In a scathing attack, senior YSRCP leader and Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy on Saturday slammed the former chief minister and TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu over his baseless allegations over bogus voting in Tirupati Lok Sabha by-poll.

“His allegations are not only baseless, but obviously borne out of mere frustration as his party suffered humiliating defeats in every election that followed after the state assembly polls in 2019,” he pointed out.

Speaking about the ruckus that has being created during early hours of Saturday at a convention centre in Tirupati, the Minister said was a well scripted ‘rukus’ only to create some commotion. “TDP leaders and workers allegedly barged into a locked convention centre, which neither have buses parked, nor had people congregated in big numbers at the time of the incident,” he said.

He further clarified that the entire poll is machinery working well. The polling staff engaged meticulously in checking credentials of each and every voter who come to cast his or her vote at multiple levels. The polling agents, the cops deployed and the polling officials are all stationed at the polling booths. “If there are any bogus votes being cast, the individuals will get caught. Naidu and his men are spreading falsehood without even verifying the facts and it’s deplorable. Naidu is doing what he is famous for, propagating lies. He preaching democracy is like the devil reciting the Vedas,” he added.

Recalling the misuse of official machinery during the Nandyala by election in 2017 when the TDP was in power, the minister said, ‘We all know how he (Naidu) misused official machinery. TDP and Naidu went onto buy a few of our local leaders, apart from importing buses filled with bogus voters and distributing money.  But, my party is not like that. We are banking on the welfare schemes implemented by our CM and are confident over the same.’

Dubbing the TDP and Naidu being stupid with such ill-found allegations, the minister said, ‘Even, if were to mobilise bogus voters, we will not be that careless to ask them to stay in a convention centre, that too located in the heart of the city? Even a political novice wouldn’t do that. This exhibits their stupid as well frustration.”