The Andhra Pradesh authorities headed by Jaganmohan Reddy and the state election fee are on the collision course over native physique polls.
The federal government’s petition difficult the election physique’s resolution to proceed with the polls in February, almost a 12 months after it was delay due to the coronavirus outbreak, is to be taken up within the Excessive Court docket immediately.
Andhra minister Botsa Satyanarayana has accused State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar of “double requirements” and of working for vested pursuits. Although he appeared to indicate former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s function, he didn’t specify.
Mr Satyanarayana, the Minister for Municipal Administration, stated the state authorities had requested for the elections to be held as scheduled in March final 12 months as it could assist entry central funds. However he stated the polls have been postponed by Mr Ramesh over the pandemic.
“When the instances weren’t even near 30, SEC (Mr Ramesh) had postponed the polls with out even consulting the federal government, however now when the instances are nonetheless being reported and there’s a warning of a second wave, the State Election Commissioner is attempting to conduct elections,” he stated.
The minister additionally questioned why Mr Ramesh didn’t maintain the polls in 2018 when Mr Naidu’s Telugu Desam Celebration was in energy.
The Centre, he stated, had introduced vaccinations from January 16. “Nimmagadda Ramesh is attempting to carry it by conducting polls by risking the lives of widespread individuals, with out having a mere concern in regards to the precedence of the general public,” Mr Satyanarayana fumed.
He rubbished the TDP’s taunt that the ruling YSR Congress is “afraid” to face elections. “We’re all the time able to face elections, however as a result of prevailing Covid scenario, the federal government is in opposition to holding the native elections. In addition to, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken welfare to the following stage by implementing 90 per cent of the ballot guarantees and there’s no have to concern elections,” he stated.
Regardless of its official claims of profitable 95 per cent of the seats if elections are held now, the Jagan Reddy authorities “doesn’t consider the environment is conducive” to its win, sources say.
The state election commissioner had despatched an open letter to ballot officers yesterday saying all civic protocol could be adopted and nobody could be put to any threat.