In a shocking development, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu threatened to take action against a voter for asking him a question. As per CNN-News 18, when a voter asked him a question, the chief minister went on to threaten him. After being asked, Naidu retorted by asking how he even dared to ask him a question. As if that was not enough, the chief minister went on to ask “are you drunk“ and whether the person belonged to any ‘political party’, the report said further.
Earlier this month, members of YSR Congress met Chief Election Commissioner A K Jyoti over Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s recent remarks in Nandyala. A party delegation had urged him to withdraw recognition of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), accusing it of using illegal means to win bypolls. The delegation had also accused him of ‘buying’ MLC seats in Telangana for Rs 50 lakh. They also submitted audio-visual as proof of TDP MLA Revanth Reddy being caught red-handed, Indian Express said.
“We complained to the Election Commission with proof and requested him to conduct elections as soon as possible. We also requested the EC to deploy central government forces,” MP YV Subba Reddy was quoted as saying by Indian Express. Another MP Mithun Reddy also told the paper, “This is absolutely unacceptable, unethical and unconstitutional. We have urged the Election Commission to look into it and the EC has assured that necessary steps will be taken. Such brazen misuse of power will not be tolerated.”
The chief minister, while addressing a function in Nandyala had told party leaders to tell voters not to use the infrastructure that are provided by the TDP government if they would not vote for the party.
“Tell them not to use the good roads that my government has built and ask them not to accept the pensions that we are giving if they do not want to vote for TDP. They want to enjoy all the benefits extended by the TDP Government but don’t support it? Ask them why? It is your responsibility to educate the people about all the schemes and benefits we are providing and ensuring that people are with us and vote for us. If people does not like TDP or the TDP Government then tell them not to use the roads or take pensions,” Naidu was quoted as saying by Indian Express.