In the first two hours of the survey, incidents were reported by YSRCP activists allegedly approaching TDP and BJP stand agents who later slacked off.
The opposition parties accused electoral authorities of turning a blind eye to impersonation attempts and began identifying suspicious voters in line and exposing them on camera by going live on social media. CWC member and Congress candidate Chinta Mohan accused the ruling party of “importing” fake voters from neighboring constituencies for imitation. He identified a handful of such voters and confiscated “handled” EPIC cards from their possession.
Similarly, BJP candidate and former bureaucrat K. Ratna Prabha expressed her shock at the “official apathy” for what she described as a gross violation of democratic norms. “Officials and staff are clearly afraid to take action,” she told the media after reaching Tirupati West Police Station to release her party agents.
The party’s spokesman, Samanchi Srinivas, also presented the falsified ID cards allegedly used to impersonate non-resident voters in front of the media.
Senior party leader K. Santha Reddy followed on camera non-locals who pretended to be voters in their region. Similarly, CPI (M) Central Committee member V Srinivasa Rao accused the ruling party of resorting to wrongdoing and criticized the electoral authorities for remaining indifferent.
A TDP team led by constituency G. Narasimha Yadav and former MLA M. Sugunamma addressed a bus full of passengers who they claimed had been “imported” by the ruling party for fake voters.
Panchayat Raj Minister P. Ramachandra Reddy brushed the allegations aside, saying the YSRCP clearly has an advantage and does not need to bow to that level. He peeled TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu for spreading canards to cover up his party’s failure.