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TDP takes exception to TV advertisement on schemes

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Petitions SEC against Chief Minister


  • SEC urged to restrain Chief Minster from holding online review meetings
  • Video clippings of advertisements shown to election official
  • Action against Animal Husbandry Minister sought

    HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party has urged the State Election Commission (SEC) to stop all television advertisements sourced to the Government regarding Rajiv Griha Kalpa and Rajiv Yuva Shakti and recover the costs incurred on them since August 28 from the Congress.

    The party has also urged the SEC to restrain Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy from holding onsite review meetings with officials on irrigation projects. Summoning officials involved in the conduct of municipal elections for reviews would disturb their work while it also amounted to influencing voters by talking about the Government's Irrigation Mission.

    Memo submitted

    A delegation consisting of TDP general secretaries - Shoba Nagi Reddy and Kadiam Srihari - and office secretary T.D. Janardhan Rao on Thursday called on Election Commissioner A.V.S. Reddy and submitted separate memoranda of their demands.

    Mr. Srihari used a laptop to show Dr. Reddy video clippings of the advertisements released by the Government beamed on television channels. At the end of the advertisements, there were visuals of Congress leaders and an audio playback asking people to vote for the `hand' symbol.

    Code violation

    Ms. Shoba Nagi Reddy referred to visuals available which showed Minister for Animal Husbandry Gollapalli Surya Rao giving away currency notes when women gave him "mangala harathi" as he went to the Tuni Municipality in East Godavari district on his campaign. She asked the Election Commissioner to inquire into the incident and take action against the Minister for violating the code of conduct.

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