Watch: MLA from Jagan Reddy’s party slaps voter who opposed to queue jumping, gets slapped back

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In a shocking display of VIP culture, an incident in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, has ignited widespread outrage. A video that has gone viral captures the moment when YSR Congress Party MLA A Sivakumar allegedly slapped a voter who had objected to the legislator jumping the queue at a polling booth. The incident, which occurred during the voting for Andhra Pradesh’s 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly seats, showcases the escalating tensions surrounding the elections.

In the video, MLA A Sivakumar can be seen approaching the voter and delivering a slap across his face. The voter retaliates, and soon the MLA’s aides join in, launching an assault on the voter. Despite the efforts of other voters to stop the violence, the MLA’s aides continue their attack. Notably, no security personnel are seen intervening in the video.

Here’s the video of Guntur MLA and his men beating a voter: 

The exact sequence of events leading up to the altercation remains unclear. However, the incident has triggered a wave of criticism on social media, with many condemning the MLA’s behavior as an abuse of power.

The incident attracts strong backlash

Jyothsna Tirunagi, a spokesperson for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), described the incident as a reflection of the ruling party’s desperation, suggesting that they are aware of their potential defeat in the elections. She emphasized that such behavior would not be tolerated by the people.

In response, YSR Congress Party MLA Abdul Hafeez Khan stated that they are reviewing the viral video and alleged a conspiracy to defame the ruling party. The party’s social media platforms shared visuals of their injured supporters, alleging that they were attacked by TDP members.

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The incident has occurred amidst a fiercely contested election campaign in Andhra Pradesh, with both the YSR Congress Party and the TDP-BJP alliance trading barbs. The stakes are high for both sides, with YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government aiming to retain power and N Chandrababu Naidu seeking to make a comeback.

This incident underscores the intensity of the political rivalry in the state, with emotions running high among supporters of both parties. The lack of security intervention in such a volatile situation raises questions about the safety of voters during elections.

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