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Jagan meets Governor, asks to restore law and order in AP

YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the law and order was “deteriorating” in Andhra Pradesh since the election process began and urged Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to intervene and ensure that it improved. 
 
The party requested the Governor to restrain Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu from issuing cheques to his associates in the name of completion of works. The party insisted that the public money was not misused during the change of governments. 
 
Jaganmohan Reddy called on Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and told him that the situation was worsening. He also said that senior police officials were under intense pressure from the Chief Minister who has been directing them to target the leaders of the opposition party. 
 
“The TDP president is fearing rout and his actions are reflecting it. He is not able to digest the fact that the voters had exercised their franchise to oust the TDP for its anti-people policies.”
 
The increasing attacks on the YSRC cadre, including manhandling of party candidate P. Pushpa Srivani in Kurupam and those on Muslims, SCs and sympathisers of the party, indicate that the TDP leaders are turning apprehensive about the party’s victory in the polls, he said and questioned why cases were not being registered against those prompting attacks on the YSRC men. 
 
The YSRC president also pointed out that the TDP government gave out-of-turn promotions to 40 DSPs, who belong to the same caste as Naidu. Jagan alleged that these police officers were acting as “stooges” of the ruling party and resorting to excesses against the opposition party leaders. 
 
At Sattenapalli, violence was triggered by former Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, Reddy said and complained that the police did not register a case despite availability of video recording of the incidents.
 
Reddy appealed to the Governor to ensure that adequate paramilitary forces were stationed at the strong rooms where the EVMs have been stored as there were chances of irregularities if local police guarded the rooms. “Live feed of the CCTV coverage should be streamed to the offices of the CEO and the CEC,” he demanded.
 
Countering the allegations of CM N. Chandrababu Naidu that over30 per cent of the EVMs did not function properly during the elections, Reddy said that the machines were tested during mock polling held ahead of the general elections. 
 
“The TDP agents were present during the mock polling and asked why had they not reported about the poor functioning of the EVMs at that time. Reddy alleged that Naidu was trying to pass the blame after it is certain that the TDP would get defeated in the 2019 polls when results would be announced on May 23.
 
He reminded that the TDP did not have any complaints even when EVMs were used in 2014 and even after the bypolls for Nandyal, where it won 30,000 vote majority. Recently, the BJP lost power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. Why had Naidu kept quiet then, he questioned and said that Naidu was raising hue and cry over the EVMs now as he fears there is a strong anti-Naidu wave in the state. 

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