Chandrababu Naidu may see his vote deleted for not maintaining secrecy
Before elections, TDP went in for alliance with BJP, which meant that at Jubilee Hills area he had to vote for BJP member.
After exercising his franchise, he revealed to the public that he voted for BJP, and also said that today people are keen to see Modi become the Prime Minister. (Why is KCR's vote costly?)
As per EC guidelines, voters should not disclose which party they voted for as it may influence others. But Chandrababu did not pay heed to this very important rule.
Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal, however did pay attention to Chandrababu's gaffe and promptly announced that promptly announced that the TDP chief's vote will not be counted. "Secrecy of vote has to be maintained whoever may be the great person. Every voter has to maintain secrecy as it comes under the conduct of elections rules," he asserted. (Balayya disobeys EC rules?)
Is this a deliberate attempt by Chandrababu to see that his vote doesn't go for BJP?
The election authorities have ordered a probe against TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who did not maintain secrecy after casting his vote here Wednesday, and indicated the vote may be deleted.
Chief electoral officer Bhanwarlal said he had directed the returning officer of Khairatabad assembly constituency to submit a report.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief told reporters that he cast his vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"Under the alliance with the BJP, we cast both the votes (for assembly and Lok Sabha seats) for the lotus," the former chief minister said after he, his wife, son and daughter-in-law polled their votes at Jubliee Hills, which falls under Khairatabad constituency, a part of Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency.
When a reporter asked Bhanwarlal about this, he said the vote will be deleted after receiving a report from the polling officer.
"Secrecy of vote has to be maintained whoever may be the great person. Every voter has to maintain secrecy as it comes under the conduct of elections rules," he said.
The Election Commission in New Delhi Wednesday directed Gujarat authorities to lodge a police complaint against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for displaying a paper lotus near a polling booth in Gandhinagar, thus violating the Model Code of Conduct.
TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu casted his vote to the BJP party. Chandrababu Naidu after he came of the polling booth. After the TDP, BJP alliance was sealed, BJP decided to contest from Jubilee Hills and Secunderabad Lok Sabha seats. So, being a registered voter from Jubilee Hills, Chandrababu Naidu had no other option but to vote to BJP as his own party TDP did not contest elections from there.
Speaking to the media, Mr Naidu said that he had to vote to BJP for the development of the country. He also expressed happiness for the voter turnout.