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Two party workers killed in clash, 41% polling till 1pm

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Two party workers, including one belonging to the ruling TDP, were killed in a clash Thursday while technical problems in EVMs hampered the poll process in some booths, as 41 per cent polling was recorded till 1 pm for the 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats in

(CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said there were some glitches in functioning of 381 Electronic Voting Machines which were rectified subsequently.

Police said a worker and another belonging to the main opposition YSR were killed Thursday in a poll-related group clash in Anantapuramu district of

The clash occurred at Veerapuram village under constituency in the afternoon.

The deceased have been identified as Pulla Reddy of YSR party and Sidda of the TDP, according to police sources.

TDP and N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the killing of his and accused the YSR of indulging in violence to win the election.

The YSRC alleged that followers of local TDP and MLA, the JC brothers (J C and MLA, J C Prabhakar Reddy), tried to rig the votes in a polling booth at Veerapuram.

Another was also injured in the incident, the party alleged in a statement.

Additional police forces have been rushed to the village to bring the situation under control.

Clashes broke out between workers of TDP and YSR Congress at various places in the State as voting got underway.

In Guntakal, former MLA and contesting candidate of Jana Sena Party, Madhusudan Gupta, smashed an EVM in a fit of rage alleging that party symbols were not properly printed on the ballot unit.

He also shouted at the polling personnel on duty.

Gupta was immediately taken into custody, police said.

A mandal parishad member of YSRC was seriously injured when TDP workers allegedly attacked him at a polling station in Eluru city.

In Jammalamadugu in district, tension prevailed in Ponnathota village as YSRC and TDP workers indulged in stone-throwing.

In Narsaraopet constituency in district, YSRC leaders alleged TDP men ransacked a polling station in Yelamanda village and damaged the furniture.

Police personnel were also preventing YSRC sympathisers from entering into the polling booth, they alleged.

Minor trouble was also reported at a few other constituencies in Guntur, Prakasam and Anantapuramu districts as well but neither the election authorities nor the police confirmed the reports.

Dwivedi, however, said polling was going on peacefully across the state.

In a statement, the asked people not to believe in rumours as the poll process was going on peacefully.

He said the technical defects in EVMs, reported from various places, have been rectified.

Chandrababu Naidu and his family members exercised their franchise at a polling station in Undavalli village in state capital region Amaravati.

His son Nara Lokesh, incidentally, is the TDP candidate from segment that covers Undavalli.

Talking to reporters, the referred to technical glitches in EVMs and said he was demanding that ballot papers be re-introduced.

"No developed country is using EVMs as they are prone to manipulation. We have hence been demanding that we revert to the ballot paper system," Naidu said.

YSR Congress Y S Jaganmohan Reddy cast his vote in his native Pulivendula in district, from where he is seeking re-election.

Jana Sena exercised his franchise in State L V Subrahmanyam also cast his vote in

The cast his vote in Tadepalli.Interestingly, the VVPAT machine did not function when he voted.

This is the first in the state after bifurcation of and creation of Telangana in June 2014.

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

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:45 IST