High Court dismisses pleas for cancellation of Tirupati byelection
A Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, comprising Justices Joymalya Bagchi and M. Ganga Rao, on Friday dismissed the writ petitions filed by K. Ratna Prabha and Panabaka Lakshmi searching for cancellation of the byelection carried out to the Tirupati (SC) Lok Sabha constituency on April 17.
The court docket noticed that as per Article 226 of the Constitution, it can not intrude with the conclusion of the election course of, and being the competent election tribunal for the needs of deciding election disputes to Parliament and Assembly constituencies beneath the Representation of People (RP) Act, it may study proof like a civil court docket and are available to a conclusion after trial.
In her petition, Ms. Ratna Prabha, the BJP candidate, alleged that the byelection had witnessed large-scale fraudulent polling and sales space capturing by the leaders and activists of the YSRCP because the officers on election responsibility remained mute spectators and fell prey to the machinations of the ruling get together.
There had been many situations of impersonation of authentic voters and the absence of police barracks and check-posts resulted in huge irregularities, she alleged.
The election was, subsequently, violative of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution and the RP Act, she noticed.
Ms. Lakshmi, the TDP candidate, stated the federal government officers and police had aided the YSRCP leaders in intimidating the voters and getting votes forged by outsiders.
Besides, the ward and village volunteers had threatened the people who the advantages being given to them beneath varied welfare schemes could be withdrawn if they didn’t vote for the YSRCP candidate, she alleged. Citing varied different electoral malpractices, she appealed for a repoll.