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Opposition parties to decide on PM candidate after polls: Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the leaders of the opposition parties will meet after the three phases of elections, scheduled to be held in the next few days, and decide on the prime ministerial candidate. He said that he was not an aspirant for the Prime Minister post, while speaking to the media.
 
Criticising the Election Commission, Naidu said that it favours Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had violated the code of conduct many times. “Modi spoke of the Armed Forces and held Cabinet meetings even when the model code of conduct was in force,” he said.
 
Naidu’s comments gain significance in the wake of the Supreme Court issuing a notice to the Election Commission after hearing the petition of Congress MP Sushmita Dev against Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating the poll code many times.
 
Naidu said that the EC’s counting system lacked ‘transparency’.  “We had demanded counting of 50 per cent votes through Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs). It will give credibility to the EC and also instil confidence among the voters and the political parties,” he opined.
 
The AP CM said that the electronic voting machines  (EVMs) reportedly malfunctioned in West Bengal, MP, Odisha and other non-BJP ruled state. He demanded that the ballot system be followed in polls as it is the best method and is being followed by many developed countries.
 
He accused PM Modi of damaging the “constitutional institutions” in the country. “Modi is thinking that holding the PPM post is a child’s play. In my 40-year political career, I have never seen elections being held in such an unorganised manner,” he said.

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