In the wake of local media airing an audio recording of a purported conversation Naidu had with a nominated legislator seeking his vote in the Legislative Council elections, TDP leaders sought the intervention of Governor ESL Narasimhan as they accused Rao of making 'venomous' attempts to tarnish the image of their party.

According to B Tirumala Rao, Inspector of III-Town Police Station in Visakhapatnam, a case was registered against Rao following a complaint by local lawyer NVV Prasad.

The complaint also alleged leaders of the ruling TRS in Telengana were snooping on their TDP counterparts. The case has been registered under Sections 464, 647, 471, 166, 167 and 120/B of IPC.

A purported conversation between Naidu and nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson, aired by local TV channels, further fuelled the row over alleged attempts by TDP to bribe the MLA in exchange for his vote in favour of the party's nominee in the Legislative Council elections.

Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications) to the Andhra government, dubbed the tapes as 'fabricated' and said the government is taking the matter seriously. The purported conversation suggests that Naidu was giving 'assurance of all sorts' to the nominated legislator if he voted for the TDP nominee.

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