In a recent development in the APSEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar and CS Nilam Swahney fiasco, the former has shot yet another letter to the CMO over the local body elections which has been the hornet nest in the state politics. It is quite open that state election commission and state government are on loggerheads over conducting the elections.
The letter which was addressed to the CS mentioned the High Court directions about taking cooperation from the AP Government for conducting the elections. It can be recalled that the court instructed the Chief Secretary to submit a report on the measures being taken in conducting the local polls. He also attached a copy of the High Court judgment.
The SEC referred to the order given by the court in the writ petition no. 19258 wherein the CS was directed to take necessary steps for cooperating with the SEC to hold the elections. While this has been third time that the SEC is writing to the CS, the latter has reportedly shot only one response stating that it is not possible to conduct local body elections amid the ongoing situation due to coronavirus pandemic.
Asking the election commission to re-examine the decision taken, the CS opined that there is no further necessity to hold video conferences and meetings with political parties. In its judgment, the court clarified that government co-operation in the conduct of elections and the performance of the duties of the Commission is mandatory.