Nandyal By Poll: Campaigning Comes To An End
Nandyal: Amidst accusations and counter accusations, the campaign for Nandyal by-poll came to an end on Monday evening.
Both the ruling and opposition parties have taken the election as a challenge of staking whatever is possible to win the seat. From money to liquor to what not, both the ruling TDP and the opposition YSRCP tried their best to lure the voters.
Both Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the opposition Leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy had personally campaigned to guarantee the win of their respective candidates. Both participated in the road shows during the last leg of their campaign.
Apart from criticism and allegations, death wishes were heard during the campaign speeches. And also the notable feature during this election is the number of complaints lodged by the parties with Election Commission demanding action against the rival parties.
While the YSR Congress Party alleged and filed a complaint of the TDP distributing money, the TDP, in turn, lodged a complaint about the objectionable comments made by the YSRCP Chief Jagan Reddy against Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and the Congress Party demanded the cancellation of the by-poll.
For the first time, VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) are being installed to know the voter and for whom they voted.
Meanwhile, the State Election Commissioner Bhanwar Lal banned surveys and opinion polls. As both parties have media that support them, the EC decided to put a check on them to protect people from getting lured.
Lal also made it clear that asking to whom a person has voted is illegal. He further said that they received a complaint that the voters were being threatened and lured under the name surveys. He declared that stringent action would be taken against the channels which telecast surveys.
Lal also stressed that no opinion poll or survey should be held till 23rd August evening, ie., till the time election is completed.
After his announcement, there was criticism that the ruling TDP is keeping the administration in its grip for a win in the by-poll. The counting of votes will take place on August 28.