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Remove Jagan photos: Ramesh tells AP Govt


Yet another controversial decision that Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has taken was about printing of his own photos in the official certificates being issued to the people. Now, this became a serious problem amounting to constitutional violation in the current panchayat elections.

The CM photo is being printed even in the caste and no dues certificates being issued to the contesting candidates. This has naturally embarrassed the Opposition parties which do not like to see Jagan photos in their certificates. Complaints have been made to the State Election Commission already.

In his latest orders, SEC Ramesh Kumar has instructed AP Chief Secretary Adityanath Das to remove photos in the certificates immediately. The SEC told the CS that photos were in violation of the election code. Necessary orders should be issued to the Tehsildars in mandals to delete Jagan photos in all the certificates. The officials should make sure that there would be no bias in the election process.

Ramesh Kumar has been making appeals on several issues like unanimous elections, photos, etc, but the Government is openly disobeying all of them. No wonder, even this small would have to be dragged to level of the Supreme Court for it to be resolved.

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Advise SEC not to exceed his domain: Andhra govt to DoPT


The Andhra Pradesh government has written to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to ignore State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar’s recommendation to compulsory retirement of two IAS officers, and also advise him not to exceed his domain.

“I, therefore, request to refuse to take cognizance of the proceedings issued by the SEC against the member of services and also to advise the SEC not to exercise the power which is not in his domain and adhere to the guidelines in the matter,” said an official in the letter addressed to the DoPT Secretary, which was shared on Thursday.

According to the state government, Kumar censured Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Principal Secretary Gopal Krishna Dwivedi and Commissioner M. Girija Shankar for alleged dereliction of duty in their work related to the gram panchayat elections.

The AP government highlighted that the SEC failed to follow due procedure prescribed under All India Service (AIS, D & A) rules, 1969.

“SEC has written a very derogatory letter against the named officers to the Secretary, DoPT for their compulsory retirement. This step of SEC also doesn’t fall under his competence and suffers from jurisdictional error,” the official observed.

He said that the Election Commission is empowered to suspend any officer working under the central government, public sector undertaking or autonomous body fully or partially funded by the government for insubordination or dereliction of duty, besides making recommendations to the competent authority for taking disciplinary action while engaged in the preparation of electoral rolls or election duty.

“Censure is a penalty classified under minor penalties and the state government is the competent authority to impose the said penalty to member of service serving with the affairs of the state and it has to be imposed by following the procedure laid down under rule 10 of the said rules,” observed the official.

AP government pointed out that the SEC administering censure against the two IAS officers, including directing the same to form a part of their service record is bereft of competence and jurisdiction, transgressing into the powers vested with the state government.

“Any instrument issued without competency is illegal and bad in law. Accordingly, state government had issued orders rejecting the censure proceedings of the SEC,” the official noted in the missive.

“Further, there has not been an iota of doubt regarding the conduct of officers during their past service,” the missive asserted.

Panchayat elections were originally supposed to have been held in 2018 when the tenure of the local bodies expired back then but Kumar chose not to hold them and waited until now.

However, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy thought of going to the polls in March 2020 but Kumar refused the green signal, citing the Coronavirus pandemic, leading to a major standoff between the two.

Reddy accused Kumar of acting at the behest of Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu during whose tenure he was appointed and even tried to replace him, which backfired as the SEC has Constitutional protection equal to a Supreme Court judge.

With just two more months left as the SEC, Kumar is going ahead conducting the polls which the state government could not stop with their deferment appeal getting dismissed in the Supreme Court on Monday.

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Jagan to shoot three birds at one shot: SEC, ED, TDP


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has no fear of the law. His Government has decided to continue its confrontation with the State Election Commission (SEC). The CM is going to defy the SEC order not to distribute benefits under any Government programme in view of the election code being in force now. Tomorrow, Mr. Jagan Reddy is going to distribute ‘Amma Vadi’ financial benefits to mothers towards the education of their children. He will press the button at a function to be held in Nellore district headquarters town.

Normally, the Chief Minister would press the button on the computer from his Tadepalli residence. At the click of a button, he would facilitate deposit of thousands of crores directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. But this time, the CM chose to do this in Nellore. His Ministers had descended on Nellore to make arrangements for the same. Actually, the CM was summoned to attend before the ED Special Court tomorrow. So, his lawyers would tell the court that the CM was busy with the public meeting.

At the same time, Mr. Jagan would so publicly defy the SEC’s order for not distributing benefits. That too, the CM was going to distribute benefits to over 40 lakh mothers and 85 lakh children. The Ministers were saying that there was no question of stopping the public benefit programme just because of the SEC or Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP chief was acting like a ‘Saindhavudu’ to create hurdles for the people’s programmes. Naidu even stopped the house sites registration programme.

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AP Govt moves court, YCP to boycott SEC meet


The ruling YCP in Andhra Pradesh is giving twist after twist to its policies on the local body polls. Yesterday, it has nominated controversial MLA Ambati Rambabu to attend the all political parties’ meeting called by State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. Overnight, the YCP has changed its position and decided to boycott the SEC meet. What more, the ruling party has called the SEC meet illegal and unlawful.

On the other hand, in swift developments overnight, the Jagan Reddy Government moved a House Motion before the High Court seeking cancellation of the SEC meet. The Government called it illegal since Mr. Ramesh Kumar has not consulted it before organising the meeting. As per the established procedures, the SEC should take the opinion of the respective State Government before initiating the election process.

The court is expected to take up hearing on the Government’s petition. The Jagan regime contended that the Supreme Court has ordered in the past that the State Election Commission should compulsorily take the State Government into confidence on the local polls.

The ruling YCP’s present stand is that the SEC should take the opinion of the Government on whether the atmosphere is conducive for conducting the elections or not.

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