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If I fear losing, I would’ve locked myself in my house: AP CM

 Soon as the polling began in Andhra Pradesh, complaints of EVM malfunctioning poured in and TDP national president and AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu slammed the Election Commission of India (ECI) for its negligent attitude in conducting the elections. 
 
After the polling completed in the midnight, he held a teleconference with his party candidates and leaders to take stock of the situation. With many of the candidates complaining about how polling was delayed due to technical glitches in the EVMs and VVPATs, Naidu headed to Delhi to take up the issue with the ECI. 
 
He told the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora that EVMs were tamperable and hence, demanded verification of 50 pc of the VVPAT slips with the EVMs to satisfy both the political parties and the electorate. 
 
If this is done, they will have belief that their votes were polled properly and that the votes are valid, he said. Later, he arranged a media conference along with leaders of some opposition parties to prove strength in his allegations. 
 
Meanwhile, Naidu’s distractors kept spreading rumours that the TDP was fearing rout and so trying to put the blame on tampering of EVMs. Refuting the allegations, Naidu said that he would have locked himself behind the doors if he had such a fear. “Why will I go to Delhi? I am double sure that the TDP will come to power in AP. 
 
The voters turned up in large numbers only to save their government, even when YSR Congress activists, at the behest of their party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, created tension and resorted to violence at many polling stations. Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao are also behind the trouble created by the YSRCP men on the polling day,” he added.

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