‘EC trying to create rift among A.P. officials’

As controversy raged over the alleged interference of the Election Commission (EC) in the administrative affairs of the Andhra Pradesh government, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said attempts were being made to create a rift among officials through the election watchdog to trouble the government.

Addressing TDP leaders, booth-level conveners and Seva Mitra volunteers through a teleconference on Thursday, Mr. Naidu said he had enjoyed good relations with officers and his government performed well in all sectors owing to their good work in implementation of various schemes and programmes but the EC was bringing about a split in these very officers.

People suffered a lot because of the EC’s failure in providing adequate security and making proper arrangements for elections. Technical glitches in EVMs led to a long wait for voters. For meddling in the State administration, it (the EC) would be taught a lesson, he said, while blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the flood of money during the elections.

KCR’s meeting

He wondered why there was absolute silence on the review meeting on Intermediate examinations conducted by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao but if he (Mr. Naidu) did a similar thing here, a hue and cry would be raised by those desperate to put the government in a spot. Mr. Naidu told party men that he was absolutely confident of a big win in the elections.

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