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TDP worker killed as clashes mark polling in Andhra

The AP elections turned violent leading to the death of a TDP worker and leaving several severely injured including Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao. The clashes erupted between TDP and YSRCP at various places marked the polling on Thursday.

Siddha Bhaskar Reddy, a worker of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was killed when he was attacked allegedly by the activists of opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Tadipatri Assembly constituency in Anantapur district, police said.

Siddha Bhaskar Reddy was critically injured in the clash at a polling booth in Devapuram village. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

Clashes between the workers of the two parties were reported from various parts of the state including Guntur and Prakasam districts.

Senior TDP leader and Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao fell unconscious in an alleged attack by YSRCP activists in Sattenapalli Assembly constituency in Guntur district. Kodela’s shirt was torn by the attackers at a polling center in Yanametla village.

Polling was underway for all 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175-member Assembly in Andhra Pradesh.

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