Visakhapatnam: Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana has alleged that the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar was behaving like a political party and acting against the spirit of the Constitution.
Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he wondered why the SEC chose to conduct elections in Covid conditions. A Constitutional authority also carried with it a responsibility and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself announced that vaccine distribution would be taken up from January 16, he pointed out. In Andhra Pradesh also, a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary was set up for the purpose.
But just an hour after the Chief Secretary told the SEC that it would not be possible to conduct elections at this junction, Ramesh Kumar released the schedule which was against the spirit of the Constitution, he remarked.
“Why didn’t the SEC hold the elections in 2018 when it was due? And he postponed the elections when there were not even 30 cases in the state. Now he wants to conduct the polls when the pandemic continues its threat to humanity. Never before did we see an election to local bodies against the wishes of a Government I fail to understand for whose sake the SEC is functioning. What does it lose by postponing the elections by a few days? SEC is behaving like a political party and not bothered about the people’s priorities. Our government is implementing many welfare schemes and is not afraid of facing elections. But public health is at stake,” he pointed out.
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