Govt opposes elections announced by EC in Feb
Once again the tussle between the AP government and SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar floated as the SEC has unilaterally announced the dates for conduct polls for local bodies in Andhrapradesh in February, before his retirement in the same month. But the AP government stating that going for elections is not feasible as the Government is making arrangements for vaccination for Covid virus all over the state. The AP government feels that SEC has violated the directions gave by the supreme court recently to consult with state government before conducting elections. As per the schedule released by the Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, first phase of elections for gram panchayats would be held on 5, 9, 13 and on 17 February in four phases. He stated that the official notifications would be released on January 23, January 27, January 31 and February 4 respectively. He announced that the model code of conduct will come in force from Saturday, as per the directions of the Supreme Court which said the code can be enforced four weeks before the election process. On the otherside the government states that conducting of elections would not be possible in AP due to the threat of second phase of Covid cases are raising.
“Now, the government wants deferment of elections on the pretext of vaccination, which is a continuous process. Principal secretary (panchayat raj) Gopalakrishna Dwivedi said the SEC had announced the schedule without consulting the government and bothering of the lives of the people in the state. “The SEC defied the directions of the Supreme Court, which said the state election commission should decide the schedule only after consulting with the state government on its preparedness. But Ramesh Kumar held talks for the name sake and went ahead with the poll schedule with mala fide intentions,” Dwivedi said in a statement. Adityanath Das, the chief secretary also stated in a note that the government is busy with making arrangements for covid vaccination and its not an urgent task to conduct elections. He said that as per the guidelines given by the ministry of health all the government mechanism would be engaged with massive vaccination drive and they cant go for elections as of now.’ Any how the both election commission and the state government are strongly trying to prove their upper hand on other.