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Andhra Pradesh sees violence during LS polls with two leaders killed after TDP, YSRC party workers clash in Anantapur

Polling for the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections is still underway in Andhra Pradesh but violence has been reported from multiple parts of the state.
Till 3 pm, the southern state saw a voter turnout of 55 percent for the 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats on Thursday.

Two people, a ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) worker and another belonging to the main Opposition YSR Congress were killed in Anantapur district in a poll-related violence.

The TDP worker, identified as Sidda Bhaskar Reddy, was hacked to death at Veerapuram in Anantapur’s Tadipatri constituency. YSR Congress' Pulla Reddy was also killed in the clashes in which party workers pelted stones at each other, according to police sources. In Guntakal, former MLA and a Jana Sena Party candidate, Madhusudan Gupta, smashed an EVM in a fit of rage alleging that party symbols were not properly printed on the ballot unit.

 

State Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, however, said polling peacefully conducted across the state. In a statement, the CEO asked people not to believe in rumours as the poll process was going on peacefully.

TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the killing of his party worker and accused the YSR Congress of indulging in violence to win the election.

Countering this, the YSRC alleged that followers of local TDP MP and MLA, the JC brothers (MP JC Diwakar Reddy and MLA, JC Prabhakar Reddy), tried to rig the votes in a polling booth at Veerapuram.

Pulla Reddy was attacked with sickles, resulting in his death,the YSRC claimed. Another YSRC worker was also injured in the incident, the party said in a statement.

With inputs for PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 11, 2019 18:51:12 IST

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