Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has reportedly said he would not give up the fight for transparency in the election process. This comment comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected the plea by 21 parties seeking for 50 per cent VVPAT verification in the Lok Sabha polls
Twenty-one opposition leaders, including Naidu, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, CPI leader D Raja and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, had filed a plea seeking review of the apex court’s April 8 order directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment.
The opposition parties had demanded that the number be raised to 50 per cent of total booths.
“We respect the Supreme Court’s order…but the party will not give up and continue its fight for transparency in the election process in the country. It’s absolutely critical for the EC to work transparently to ensure free and fair elections,” Naidu said in a statement.