Chandrababu Naidu To Replace EVM’s With Paper Ballots For AP Elections

Vastavam web: TDP national president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu strongly advocated use of paper ballots in elections to improve transparency in voting and at the same time he opposed electronic voting machines (EVM) which are not “error-free.” Addressing the TDP’s Dharma Porata Deeksha at KR Stadium in Srikakulam city on Saturday, Naidu said EVMs are not right to assess public opinion in elections and paper ballots are good to prevent irregularities in voting and involvement of other elements.

Naidu flayed the BJP for trying to use the Income-Tax department, ED and CBI to threaten the Opposition parties in the country and suppress their voice. The Chief Minister sought the support of the people of the State in their fight against the Centre. He pointed out that it had failed to keep the promises of sanctioning an exclusive railway zone to AP with Visakhapatnam as headquarters and a steel plant in Kadapa. Dismissing the allegations that the State had failed to properly utilise the Central funds, Naidu said he was ready to give details of the money spent on various schemes during the last four years.

He criticised the Centre for its failure to sanction funds even for the development of airports in Vijayawada, Rajamahendravaram and Tirupati. Explaining the progress achieved by the State in different sectors, he said the State government would establish a steel plant in Kadapa and petro corridor in Kakinada to ensure further development.