Nandyal bypoll: EC asks state poll panel to file FIR against Jagan Mohan Reddy for comment on CM Naidu

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Nandyal bypoll: EC asks state poll panel to file FIR against Jagan Mohan Reddy for comment on CM Naidu

Earlier this month, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said there's "nothing wrong" if Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu "is shot dead on the road for not fulfilling election promises."

After Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said there's "nothing wrong" if Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu "is shot dead on the road for not fulfilling election promises," the Election Commission has asked the state poll panel to file an FIR against him.

This comes in the backdrop of today's byboll in Nandyal in Kurnool district

Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had asked the Election Commission to take action against Reddy, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The commission considers his remark to be a violation of the model code of conduct, and "a fit case for reprimanding and issuing a severe warning."

The State Election Commission had on August 5 issued notices to Jagan Mohan Reddy, and asked him to explain his comment within 48 hours. It had also submitted video clips and investigation reports to the Central Election Commission.

NANDYAL BYPOLL

The Nandyal bypoll has become a prestige fight for Naidu's TDP. Reddy's YSR Congress has called the poll a referendum on Naidu's government ahead of the 2019 Assembly elections.

The bypoll was scheduled after MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy died from a heart attack in March. What's interesting is that Bhuma Nagi Reddy and his daughter Bhuma Akhila Priya won the last election on a YSR Congress ticket, but later switched to the TDP.

Bhuma Akhila Priya, who is 26, became the youngest minister in Naidu's Cabinet this April. Now, the TDP has given her 33-year-old brother, Bhuma Brahmanand Reddy, a ticket in the bypoll.

Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy personally led the campaign for his party's bypoll candidate - 54-year-old Shilpa Mohan Reddy.

Counting of votes for the Nandyal bypoll will take place on Monday.

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