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EC functioning under guidance of PM, BJP: Chandrababu Naidu

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Minister N Chandrabab Naidu, key interlocutor among 21 opposition parties demanding verification of at least 50 per cent of polled votes against VVAPT slips, Monday alleged the was functioning under the 'guidance' of and the BJP.

Opposition parties on Sunday had held a meeting to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning and said they will approach the again to demand that at least 50 per cent of paper trails be verified with EVMs.

Naidu had met Election Commissioner Saturday to raise the issue of alleged malfunctioning of EVMs.

The (TDP) also asked the people of to vote in favor of the JD(S)- coalition candidates in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

"Yesterday I met the All of you are here and I want to tell you one thing. This Election Commission is working under the guidance of and BJP," Naidu said, addressing a public meeting in Mandyas Pandavapura.

Alleging that the independent functioning of all constitutional organisations is under threat,he said "We are all together to fight against of today EVMs are vulnerable."

Demanding verification of VVPAT paper trails of 50 per cent of the EVMs, he said "...we all suspect that the and also the of doing some fraud in VVPAT."

Naidu on Monday campaigned in Mandya,where H D is the of the ruling JD(S)-alliance.

Noting that this was a very important election for the nation and not just for Mandya or alone, he said, "I'm appealing to all of you in have to vote for the JD(S)-candidates.

Naidu alleged that the current was the least accountable one in the last 70 years.

"He never addressed one press conference...Democracy is in danger," he said, as he alleged that the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax department, Reserve Bank of India, and the Election commission of were being misused by Modi and

"Has done anything for Karnataka in the last five years? We are paying taxes, nothing has been done for our states...even for and other South Indian states and several parts of the country," he said as he hit out at Modi on various issues, including theRafale deal.

Praising former H D Deve Gowda and Karnataka H D Kumaraswamy, Naidu asked people of Mandya to vote for Nikhil and defeat BJP in the state.

Interestingly, and widow of turned M H Ambareesh- Sumalatha, who is from Andra Pradesh and reportedly belongs to the Naidu community, is contesting as independent against Nikhil, for whom Naidu campaigned on Monday in the

With an intention to avoid large-scale damage to JD(S) with splitting of Vokkaliga votes as both Nikhil and Sumalatha hail from the community, a campaign is on in Mandya to project her as an outsider, with several party leaders questioning her identity and stating that she is not a "Gowdthi" (not Vokkaliga), pointing at her Telugu background.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 22:25 IST