It seems the tussle between Election Commission and Chandrababu Naidu is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Replying to Chandrababu’s letter, the Ec has written to TDL asking how a person with criminal antecedents could be a part of a delegation led by its chief Chandrababu Naidu during his visit to the poll panel on Saturday.
The EC in its letter has said when the AP CM visited, he was accompanied by Hari Prasad who repeatedly raised various technical issues regarding functioning of EVMs and claimed that he had the technical expertise in the field.
The letter stated that it was decided that Prasad would get a detailed briefing from the technical team of the EC.
“However, when this technical person came, it turned out that he was Hari Prasad who was involved in a criminal case regarding alleged theft of EVM machine in 2010 which an FIR was filed … Whatever maybe the eventual outcome of the investigation, it would be appreciated that such antecedents do not inspire confidence.
“This is completely intriguing as to how a so called technical expert with these antecedents was allowed to be part of the delegation led by N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of AP and President, TDP,” the letter from EC, addressed to the president of the party’s legal cell, said.
Chandrababu Naidu met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in the national capital today and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence.
Replying to EC’s letter TDP leader Jupudi Prabhakar questioned EC’s integrity and asked why does EC which doesn’t object persons with criminal records while filing nominations is objecting now. He also reminded that Hariprasad had held discussions with EC earlier and said that he doubts a big conspiracy behind this.