CBN reacts on the issue that his vote has been made invalid when he made public that he voted to BJP. The TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu requested the Election Commission of India to act against Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal for not acting in a fair manner and also making statements against him. CBN faxed a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, Chandrababu pointed out to the CEO’s statement that his vote would be declared “invalid” for having “violated the secrecy” of voting.
“I strongly deny violating any secrecy of voting. His (CEO’s) statements are not based on facts or law. The CEO is not competent to take such action,” the TDP chief pointed out. “His irresponsible statements, particularly when the polling was underway, have caused enormous embarrassment to me and our party. When a delegation of our party leaders met the CEO to seek clarification on the issue, he had the guts to tell them that we may complain to the CEC,” CBN said.
He pointed out that the TDP’s earlier representations to the CEO seeking free and fair elections were “ignored”. “This attitude of Bhanwarlal is leading us to believe that he is not acting in a fair manner. Therefore, I request you to take action against him and also direct him to withdraw the statement and set the record straight,” Chandrababu requested the CEC. He also asked the CEC to direct the CEO to take action against all the previous complaints lodged by the TDP.