Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh BJP Rajya Sabha members wrote a letter to Union Home minister Amit Shah alleging that YSRCP members are targeting BJP members who are filing nominations for the upcoming panchayathi raj elections in the state.

Three Rajya Sabha members, G.V.L Narasimha Rao, C.M Ramesh, and T.G Venkatesh, in the letter addressed to Mr Shah, said, “The YSR Congress party is selectively targeting the BJP and Janasena nominees in various districts of the state to spread fear among the cadres. At many places, either our candidates were not allowed to file nominations or were pressured to withdraw from the contest.”

They also said that the Andhra Pradesh Election Commission is biased. “The general belief is that the committee is working as per the dictate of the state government,” they wrote. The three BJP leaders also slammed the state police and said they are inefficient and are not taking any action. They alleged that YSRCP members are involved in undemocratic practices and are deploying undemocratic strategies to win the local body elections. They requested the Union Home minister to look into the issue and ensure that the democratic process is not vitiated in the upcoming local body elections.

Andhra Pradesh elections are set to begin on 21 March and will be held in four phases in 660 zilla parishads and in 9,984 of the 10,047 mandal parishad territorial constituencies.

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