AP High court stalls election schedule
Big relief for government
This is a big relief for YS Jagan Mohan Reddys government as the high court has stalled the election for local bodies proposed by state election commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar in February. SEC who determined to dictate terms to the government of Andhrapradesh has failed to do so.
The court, which heard the case moved by the State government and impleaded by the employees’ associations, felt that the schedule would disturb the covid vaccination. The court upheld the public health on priority besides upholding the contention of the employees’ associations. Advocate General Sriram, who argued for the state government, complained against the pre-determined and motivated decisions of the state election commission. He said that the State government had represented its case on January 8 evening to SEC through the chief secretary and other departments.The chief secretary had requested the state election commissioner to defer the decision as the government machinery was busy with the covid vaccination schedule to be issued by the central government. However, after the meeting, Nimmagadda issued a note and schedule along with code of conduct.
The court also heard the arguments of the counsel for the employees’ associations and justified the fears expressed by the government employees and finally stalled the schedule.
The court felt that public health is more important than conducting elections. Nimma gadda has been trying to prove his upper hand over the government but the court has ruled out the notification and it's a big relief for government. It seems that there will be no elections in coming three months and by that time, the SEC Nimmagadda would be retired from services.