Voted for BJP: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu said here on Wednesday that he had cast his Assembly and Lok Sabha votes in favour of BJP which is in poll alliance with his party.

"I could not vote for cycle (TDP's poll symbol). I had to cast both my votes for BJP since these seats have been allotted to them as per the poll alliance, as we are part of the NDA. It is bit painful, but in the largest interest of the country I did it," Naidu told reporters here outside a polling station.

When some reporters brought this to the notice of Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal, the official said nobody should violate the poll code.

"According to Rule 39 (Conduct of Elections of 1961) which deals with maintenance of secrecy of vote by voter. Nobody should violate this rule notwithstanding their stature," Bhanwarlal said when some reporters asked if the Election Commission would cancel Naidu's vote.

Meanwhile, agitated by television news channel ticker scrolls which quoted Bhanwarlal as having ordered cancellation of Naidu's vote, some TDP activists stormed into the CEO's chamber and demanded a clarification.

However, Bhanwarlal said that he had spoken in "general terms" and never took Naidu's name, but had merely said that nobody should violate rules.

PTI
First Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 23:36
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