Chandrababu Naidu once again accused the Election Commission of favouring Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Amaravathi: Telugu Desam Party president Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said that the leaders of the opposition parties would meet after the election to decide on the prime ministerial candidate.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Naidu said, "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 also took a dig at the Election Commission saying that the poll body favoured 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."
Naidu's comment 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 the model code of conduct on various occasions.
He also alleged that the EC's system of counting VVPAT is not "transparent". "We have demanded to count of 50% 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, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and other non-BJP ruled state, while advocating for ballot system. "It is the best method. Most of the major countries are following the same system," he said.
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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Last Updated May 3, 2019, 9:20 AM IST