Jana Sena Party candidate in Andhra Pradesh was arrested on Thursday (April 11) after he damaged an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling station. Voting is underway in the state for the 25 Lok Sabha seats. The state is also voting for 175 Assembly seats simultaneously.
Madhusudan Gupta threw the EVM on the floor at a polling station in the Guntakal Assembly constituency of Anantapur district. Jana Sena leader Madhusudan Gupta was reportedly angry with the polling staff in Gooty. He claimed that the names of the Assembly and Parliament constituencies were not being displayed properly.
The video shows him throwing the EVM machine on the floor in front of local media. The machine was damaged in the incident. The Jana Sena leader was immediately arrested after the incident.
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#WATCH Jana Sena MLA candidate Madhusudhan Gupta smashes an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Gooty, in Anantapur district. He has been arrested by police. #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/VoAFNdA6Jo
— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019
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The machine was damaged in the incident. Mr Gupta was immediately arrested, the police added.
Voters is underway at polling stations in Andhra Pradesh to elect 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha members.
In Andhra Pradesh, strong anti-incumbency, caste and corruption are the major factors that could determine the outcome of the elections to Lok Sabha and the state assembly as over 3.93 crore voters get to exercise their franchise.
This is the first general election in the state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Polling for all 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats will be held simultaneously. There are 2,118 candidates for the state polls and 319 for the Lok Sabha elections.
The counting of votes for the same will be held on May 23. There will be a tough contest between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress Party, BJP, Congress and CPI.
Earlier, YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy filed nomination from Pulivendula Assembly constituency. Reddy, the leader of Opposition was accompanied by other YSR Congress Party members and filed his papers before the Returning Officer in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district.
“Every vote that is cast will be a vote not just for Jagan but also for the future of Andhra Pradesh and the party navaratnas are more precious than the money bags of Chandrababu Naidu.” Jagan told his supporters before filling his nomination from his home turf. Addressing a massive crowd of his supporters in Pulivendula, Reddy further appealed to people to bless him and his party for the next month’s elections to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
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