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Andhra Pradesh Election 2019: Two die as TDP, YSRC men clash

A TDP worker and a YSRC activist died during clashes between the parties at Tadipatri, Anantapur district, during the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls held in the state on Thursday. TDP worker Chinta Bhaskar Reddy and YSRC functionary Pulla Reddy, who suffered serious injuries,  succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital.
 
It was not just here that the TDP and YSRC men attacked each other. Reports of clashes and tense situation poured in from various places in the state. Similar clashes between rival parties in Puthalapattu constituency in Bandarlapalli, forced the policemen to wield their lathis.  
 
In Guntakal, ex-MLA and Jana Sena party candidate Madhusudhan Gupta destroyed an EVM alleging that the party symbols were not printed properly on the ballot unit. He was taken into custody after he raised his voice against the polling staff. In Eluru city, a YSRC member was seriously injured after the TD men attacked him at a polling station.
 
Tension prevailed in Ponnathota village, Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, as TDP and YSRC men pelted stones against each other. In Narasaraopet constituency, the YSRC men alleged that TDP activists ransacked a polling station at Yelamanda village and damaged the furniture.
 
Incidents of minor violence were reported from Prakasam, Guntur and Anantapur districts but neither the police nor polling officials confirmed it. In Allagadda, the Bhuma and Gangula families camped at a polling station which led to clashes between the YSRC and TDP men. 
 
However, state chief electoral officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi maintained that polling was held peacefully and urged the voters not to believe in rumours of clashes in other places. He said all the EVMs which developed glitches were repaired and in case they still did not function, they were replaced.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that they have been demanding for the reintroducion of ballot papers as EVMs were prone to be manipulated. No developed country in the world uses EVMs, he said.
 
This is the first general election in the divided state of Andhra Pradesh. The polling percentage across the state stood at nearly 80%, which was a testimony to increased voter awareness and huge voter turnout at polling stations.
 
There are a total of 3,93,45,717 voters in the state, of whom 1,94,62,339 are men, 1,98,9,421 are women and 3,957 are transgenders. Of them, 10.15 lakh are first-time voters in the 18-19 years of age group. As many as 2,118 and 319 candidates are in the fray for 175 Assembly and Lok Sabha seats respectively.

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