The by-election for Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency has turned crucial with the three major political parties YSRCP, TDP and BJP-Janasena combine are vying upto prove their strength in the temple town. Amidst this, the ruling party is allegedly using all his strength, muscle and political power. Opposition parties alleging that the ruling party is behind several fake voters thronging to the city and polling booths.
Some fake voters are said to have been identified while standing in queues outside polling booths. During a normal inspection by the Election Officer, many of these ‘fake’ voters have struggled to recall the names on their voter ID and their parents/spouse name and their address.
According to some media reports, some fake voters have come in large numbers from Kadapa and neighbouring districts – Nellore, Ongole to cast fake votes. Several travel buses, special vans and hired auto rickshaws carrying people from other districts were spotted. Media reports have it that these people were camped in the temple town ahead of polls and they were used to cast fake votes. Many of them were caught on camera.
TDP leader Varla Ramaiah has condemned that fake voters and described it as a “brazen act”. He breathed fire at minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and called that the fake votes is a “shameless” act.
Meanwhile, Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu has complained to the State Election Commissioner (SEC) Neelam Sahini over the irregularities in Tirupati by-poll.