YS Jagan seeks Governor’s intervention to protect EVMs

Lodges a complaint over TDP attacks on his party cadre

By Author  |  Published: 16th Apr 2019  8:26 pmUpdated: 17th Apr 2019  12:46 am
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YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy calls on Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan in Hyderabad, on April 16, 2019. Alleging that the law and order situation is deteriorating in Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday sought Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan's intervention. Reddy submitted a memorandum to the Governor, alleging that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was misusing the office to target YSRCP cadres with false cases.

Hyderabad: A delegation of the YSR Congress Party led by party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy called on Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday here and apprised him of the worsening law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh because of the TDP-sponsored violence that rocked the State during the recent elections and in the aftermath.

He also appealed to the Governor to initiate measures to ensure safe keeping of the EVMs. Later, addressing mediapersons outside Raj Bhavan, he said AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had launched a sustained campaign against the functioning of the EVMs since he had realised that the people’s verdict in the elections will be against the ruling party this time.
Every EVM was put to use with the concurrence of the agents of all political parties in the fray including the TDP. Mock polling exercise was conducted to demonstrate how the EVMs with the VVPAT system can ensure accuracy of the voting system and fullest transparency, he said.

In 2014, when the TDP had won the elections, there were no VVPATs for the YSRCP to question the verdict, he said. He pointed out that Naidu has given out-of-turn promotions to police officers from a particular community to target the opposition party and its sympathizers during the elections.

He alleged that speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao had stormed into a polling booth and locked himself inside leading to violence. The police did not file a case against him but registered cases against YSRCP workers in Guntur and other places. At many other place, though the TDP leaders instigate violence, cases were booked deliberately against the YSRCP activists, he alleged.

He wanted strong rooms where the EVMs were stored at various places be guarded by pressing para-military forces into service. At Machilipatnam, unauthorized people had just opened the strong room in a bid to tamper with the EVMs, he alleged. Steps must be taken to ensure that such incidents will not repeat.

The budget approved before the general elections is an vote-on-account one and steps should be taken to ensure that Naidu would not resort to misuse of funds to benefit his people.

YSRCP leaders Dharmana Prasada Rao, Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, S V Mohan Reddy, Parthasarathay and a host of others were part of the YSRCP delegation called on the Governor.

Retd IAS officers complain to Governor against Naidu

A delegation of the retired IAS officers from Andhra Pradesh called on Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday and lodged a strong protest decrying the disparaging remarks made by AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu against the newly appointed Chief Secretary of the State L V Subramanyam.

The delegation, led by T Gopal Rao, IVR Krishna Rao and Ajay Kallam, also took strong exception to the threats held out by Naidu against the Chief Electoral officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, an independent authority, by violating the protocol.

Demanding an apology from the Chief Minister to both the serving Chief Secretary and the CEO, they said that these instances had amply proved how certain politicians had been behaving in the country.

Regretting the out bursts of the Chief Minister against the top officials of the administration, they wanted the governor to ensure that Naidu was given proper counseling. “Whether the EC is right or wrong, it appointed Subramanyam as Chief Secretary of the State,” they said, and pointed out that ECI changes officials using different considerations for the smooth conduct of elections.

The outbursts of the Chief Minister against him were not only uncalled for but even objectionable. Such comments aimed at denigrating the post of Chief Secretary are hurting the sentiments of the retired IAS officer, they said.

The name of Subramanyam was selected from a panel of names recommended by the State and appointed. A few officers were victimized in the previous regime by foisting false CBI cases against them. He came out clean fighting the cases against him in the court of law. Is it justified on the part of the Chief Minister call him co-accused in a CBI case, he questioned.

“As retired IAS officers, we have to uphold the dignity and decorum of the services which is the backbone of Indian administration,” they said.

Naidu’s remarks against LV Subramanyam uncalled for: JNU alumni

Hyderabad: JNU Alumni, Hyderabad, on Tuesday condemned the remarks made by the Andhra Pradesh chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu against its alumni, L V Subramanyam, the new Chief Secretary of AP.

A statement issued by G.V.Rao, Papa Rao (retired IAS), NVS Reddy, MD Metro Hyderabad, Sunderkumar Das, IPS officer, Dr Venugopala Rao, Social Scientist , Suresh Reddy, Jayaprakash and others said that Chandrababu Naidu’s outbursts were uncalled for and unbecoming of a Chief Minister.

Subramanyam is a principled and straight forward officer and was appointed by the Election Commission of India. “Levelling allegations against Subramanyam that he is a covert and co-accused (when High Court has already given him a clean chit) is to disturb the very morale and spirit of entire administrative system in the State and in the country,” they said. “We, the JNU alumni, demand an apology from Chandrababu Naidu and also demand him to take back his words immediately in the interest of the people in the State.” they asserted.