Vijayawada, Mar 15 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken strong exception for putting on hold the Local Body Polls for a a period of six weeks citing COVID-19 as reason. The local polls are slated to be held during the last week of March in three phases. Addressing a press conference at his camp office at Tadepalli, near here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said "We have taken the issue to the notice of State Governor. We have appealed the Governor to discuss the matter of putting on hold the local body pols with the Election Commissioner. We will take the issue to higher levels", he said.
The Chief Minister said that the State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar prepared the orders putting on held the election process for six weeks without the knowledge of other officials. He did not ask the health department officials for details on the cases of corona virus in the state. "He postponed the local body polls citing the coronavirus as pretext. The comments of election commissioner at the press conference were painful", he said.
Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy pointed out that while putting on hold local body polls, the election commissioner ordered the transfer of a district Collector, SP, suspension and transfer of some other police officials. The Election Commissioner asked the government on March 14 to stop the distribution of house sites to house-less poor as election code of conduct is enforce. Significantly, today he announced the postponement of local body polls for six weeks, he said.
“If the local body polls are conducted by March 31, the 14 Finance Commission will extend Rs 5000 crore funds to the State. If the local body polls are not conducted, the State has to lose the funds”, he explained. “I never expected that I would address press conference such a situation. People of the State should regret for the postponement of local body elections”, he said.(UNI)