Tadepalli Rural: IT minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Lokesh began his election campaign in Mangalagiri constituency on behalf of the ruling party on Saturday. On day one itself, Lokesh’s campaign clearly violated the model code but interestingly, officials did not take note.

From the time that Nara Lokesh was declared as the TDP candidate from Mangalagiri, there have been protests. Lokesh reached Gundimeda village on Saturday to begin his campaign from Chirravooru. Local TDP leaders welcomed him and took him to the Sri Venugopala Swami and Kasi Visweswara Swami Temple nearby. When the security officials closed the main entrance and did not allow others into the temple, commoners felt vexed and expressed their displeasure.

Yellow banners were erected in Chirravooru and Gundimeda villages of Tadepalli mandal and flexis were on display everywhere. Party flags were seen fluttering from flagpoles in the villages, but neither police officials nor election authorities took notice of these blatant violations. The election official in charge of the Mangalagiri constituency, Masuma Begum, was informed several times, but she did not act. When questioned by Sakshi media, Masuma Begum said that she 'would look into the matter.'

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