No question of data theft: AP Chief Election Officer

There is no question of someone stealing information about 3.5 crore voters in AP, said Chief Election Officer Gopala Krishna Dwivedi. He made it clear that it is available in the public domain. 

Addressing mediapersons in Amaravati, Dwivedi made it clear that the voters’ data does not include Aadhaar number or the bank account details as stated by the complainant T. Lokeshwar Reddy that social details of AP voters were confiscated by the IT Grids India Pvt. Ltd., following which the Telangana police launched investigation.
The CEO said that the number of applications seeking deletion of voters has come down. Earlier, there used to be 1 lakh applications a day, he said and added that the EC does not get involved into the politics behind the data theft issue.
The AP Cabinet had decided to act strongly against the TRS and YSRC which were resorting to cheap tricks, ahead of the assembly and general elections. Both the parties alleged that the Telugu Desam government facilitated ‘data theft’ by transferring data to IT Grids. Meanwhile, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao criticised Naidu and challenged him to face investigation rather than accusing the Telangana government for acting on a complaint filed in their purview.
Interestingly, YSR Congress President Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy admitted publicly that his party leaders filed form-7 applications in bulk to ensure that bogus voters are deleted from the voters list. Speaking at a public meeting in Nellore, the YSRCP Chief said that Telugu Desam Party had registered several bogus voters in the past few months and hence, their party leaders have filed form-7 applications across the state. 
Jagan’s statement sends out a signal that his party has indulged in malpractice of misusing the Form-7 and has even gone to the extent of getting legitimate voters deleted from the list. While this could have worked as a clever strategy according to YSR Congress Party, it is actually backfiring politically against Jagan. 

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