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73 pc polling in AP; TDP, YSRC claim 3 deaths in poll violence

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Sporadic violence marred the polling to assembly and Lok Sabha Thursday, reportedly leaving two YSR and one ruling member dead as the state witnessed over 73 per cent voter turnout.

Incidents of EVM damage and stone pelting marked the high octane polling that saw a large number out of the over 3.97 crore eligible voters turning up braving the scorching summer heat.1

The election will decide the fate of incumbent minister N Chandrababu Naidu and main opposition YSR Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

Other contenders include the Congress, BJP and the Jana Sena of Pawan Kalyan, who has tied up with BSP.

sources said clashes between and YSRC workers were reported in Guntur, Anantapuramu, West Godavari, Prakasam, Kurnool and Kadapa districts, but did not specify deaths.

The polling was not affected in any place, they said.

Police also did not confirm the election-related killings.

Telugu Desam and YSR issued statements reporting the deaths of their party members accusing each other of being responsible for the violence.

While about 73 per cent of polling was reported by closing time at 6 pm, authorities expect the final figure likely to cross 80 per cent. The state had recorded 76 per cent polling in 2014.

Polling was held Thurday simultaneously for 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, in the first general election after bifurcation of and creation of Telangana in June, 2014.

The ruling raised a hue and cry over malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and blamed the Election Commission for failing to conduct the elections properly.

Chandrababu Naidu went to the extent of claiming that 30 per cent of the EVMs encountered problems across the state, a charge the EC denied.

All allegations against the are completely motivated. There was nothing amiss with the electronic gadgets though about 0.3 per cent of EVMs encountered technical glitches, (CEO) said.

The YSRC said one of its workers was attacked with sickles by the TDP men and killed in Veerapuram village under Tadipatri constituency in district while another was done to death in Tamballapalle in district.

The TDP said its worker Sidda was killed by the opposition party in Veerapuram.

Five other people were injured in the violent clash in Veerapuram.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:46 IST