Opposition parties to meet to decide on PM candidate: Chandrababu Naidu

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that the leaders of the opposition parties will meet after the elections to decide on the prime ministerial candidate.

“Opposition parties will sit together after the election and discuss who will be the Prime Minister. I’m not an
aspirant. Polling is to be held in 3 more phases, after that we will discuss,” he said while addressing media persons here on Wednesday.

He also took a swipe at the Election Commission saying that the poll body favors Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said: “The Election Commission says they are following the instructions of PM Modi but PM himself is violating the code of conduct. Time and again he spoke on Armed forces and held cabinet meetings.”

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His comments came two days after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Election Commission after hearing the petition of Congress MP Sushmita Dev against PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating MCC on various occasions.

He also alleged that the EC’s system of counting Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is not “transparent”. “We have demanded to count of 50 percent of votes through VVPATs. It will give more credibility to EC and would elevate trust amongst voters,” he added.

The Chief Minister also pointed that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) reportedly malfunctioned in West Bengal, MP, Odisha, and other non-BJP ruled the state, while advocating for ballot system. “It is the best method. Most of the major countries are following the same system,” he said.

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Sharpening his attack on PM Modi, Naidu accused him of damaging the “constitutional institutions” in the country. “Modi thinks the PM post is a game. In my 40 years long career, I am seeing this kind of elections for the first time.”


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