Coop polls unfair, mockery of democracy

Press Release

Hyderabad, February 21, 2013: Coming down heavily on the large scale misuse of official machinery in the Kadapa cooperative elections, YSR Congress has said Congress is using these polls as a testing ground for rigging the future local bodies’ elections.  

“With defeat staring at the ruling party, the Government has pressed all its force into service to manipulate the election and when it was clear that YSRC is winning the DCCB Chairman post it has postponed the elections to February 28 which only shows the extent to which Congress can stoop to,” Party MLA Srikanth Reddy told reporters here on Thursday.  

What we have seen in Kadapa is the height of manipulation of public opinion and democratic process. The elections were neither free nor fair in Kadapa or in the entire state.  

After concluding that it cannot win the YSR Kadapaa citadel, on the first day the Congress has postponed the election on the ground of lack of quorum, citing some impossible conditions, on the second day it was the kidnap of the District Cooperative Officer (DCO) and on the third day it has postponed the election in the name of law and order problem, he said.

The order was faxed to the district administration late in the night. This clearly shows that the Congress government is experimenting with its manipulative skills for future use and the ruling party has won majority of the seats though such coercion, intimidation and undemocratic methods elsewhere in the state.  

The misappropriation began from enrollment itself and bringing in stay for 22 of the 77 posts and with YSRCP sympathisers winning 32 of the 54, the Congress government has been hell-bent to win the Chairman’s post and has been playing foul though it has no majority, he said.  

“Perhaps the unfair practice could be its model and wants to follow the same methodology of rigging in the future polls, but it had to bite dust in the direct elections earlier and the result will be the same in future elections as well,” he said.  

When a government official is kidnapped, no action was initiated and government servants are been terrorised to the point maintaining stoic silence. We demand that an inquiry should be ordered into the incident by a senior IPS officer, he said.  

The governance of the State stands to be ridiculed if cannot facilitate 12 to 14 persons to vote for the DCCB Chairman post and cannot maintain law and order. The Congress Party should gracefully accept defeat as it has no numbers, instead of trying to play manipulative politics, he said.  

The Krian Kumar Reddy government should realise that there is no reason as to why farmers should vote for Congress as they are in distress. If the elections are held in a free and fair manner, we will win majority of the districts, he said.  

For the State to progress, agriculturally and industrially, only YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has the will and vision and not the Congress and TDP that have pushed the State development backwards, he said. 

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