Things started to take a swift turn in Andhra Pradesh minutes after Telangana State Election Commission announced the GHMC poll schedule. In what seemed to an ends to months of legal conflicts between APSEC and Jagan-led AP government over the local body elections, SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday made crucial statement hours after he shot a letter to CS Neelam Sawney.
Addressing the media after a prolonged meeting with all main political parties in the state, SEC Ramesh Kumar revealed that the most debated local body elections will be held in Andhra Pradesh in February next year. He then said that the decision was drawn in the wake of a drastic drop in corona cases in the state to less than 1,000.
Nimmagadda further assured that there are no legal hurdles for the conduct of elections to the local bodies in the state and that they are in consultation with the health department from time to time regarding the conduct of elections. He also made it clear that in a free environment, elections will be held impartially.
It all started with the APSEC postponing the elections allegedly without the consent of the government and now it is Jagan government that filed a petition in the High Court stating that it cannot conduct the polls given the pandemic situation. Based on the CMO reports, the state government is speculating to postpone the elections until APSEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar completes his tenure.
To recollect, Jagan government has sacked the state election commissioner Nimmagadda by bringing an ordinance which turned into a political storm the state for his unilateral decision.