Andhra: YSRC MLA caught on camera damaging EVM; EC directs police action

This was one of the EVMs damaged across seven polling stations in the Macherla assembly constituency on 13 May

Sitting YSCRP MLA from Macherla, Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy, accused of damaging an EVM (photo courtesy @PrkYsrcp/X)
Sitting YSCRP MLA from Macherla, Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy, accused of damaging an EVM (photo courtesy @PrkYsrcp/X)


The Election Commission on Tuesday, 21 May, directed the Andhra Pradesh police chief to take strict action against a ruling YSRCP MLA, who was caught on camera damaging an EVM in the Macherla assembly constituency during the 13 May polls.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were damaged on 13 May in seven polling stations in Macherla constituency, including in polling station number 202, where local MLA Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy was allegedly caught on camera damaging an EVM.

'In Macherla assembly constituency, EVMs were damaged in seven polling stations, including the PS (polling station) no. 202, where this incident of damage of EVM by the sitting MLA P. Ramakrishna Reddy was recorded in the web camera,' said a statement from chief electoral officer (CEO) Mukesh Kumar Meena’s office late on Tuesday.

Considering the gravity of the matter, the poll body took a serious view of this development, directing the CEO to inform DGP Harish Kumar Gupta to take strict criminal action against all persons involved.

Palnadu district election officials have provided the footage of these incidents to the police to assist them in the investigation.

'As reported by the police, the name of the MLA (P Ramakrishna Reddy) has been included as accused during the investigation,' the statement added.

Further, the Election Commission called on the police to take stringent action against all the persons involved in the EVM damaging cases to make an example out of them, so that 'nobody in the future dares to take any such action to interfere into the peaceful conduct of polls'.

The southern state witnessed poll-related violence at several places in the districts of Palnadu, Tirupati and Anantapur.

Andhra Pradesh went to the polls simultaneously for its Lok Sabha seats and its state assembly on 13 May.

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