26-04-201926-04-2019 11:44:08 IST
2019-04-26T06:14:08.103Z26-04-2019 2019-04-26T06:14:05.178Z - - 08-04-2020
In another instance of confrontation with Election Commission of India, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu shot a letter to Chief Election Commissioner asking his office to order Chief Electoral Officer of AP, not to restrict him to conduct review meetings on ongoing projects and vital government schemes.
CM Naidu mentioned that Election Commission has failed in the conduct of polls in AP on 11th April and it unilaterally transferred the then DG intelligence. He mentioned that DG intelligence will be in charge of CM's security and in that capacity the then DG intelligence is in charge of Z + security of AP CM. However, Babu accused that EC acted on frivolous complaints of opposition YSRCP.
He mentioned about his interactions with ECI earlier in which he complained about the failure of machinery in the first phase of elections in AP and accused the commission that it took no action on any of the complaints filed by the government of AP. However, he blamed the ECI that it acted on every complaint filed by YSRCP.
Consequently, Babu explained that he is seeking directions from ECI to CEO of AP about allowing CM to function normally. He opined in the letter that the objective of the model code of conduct is to ensure level playing field to all contesting political parties. However, CM Naidu rued that the opposite has happened in AP and never in his 40 years of political life he saw this type of failure of EC and its discrimination towards an elected government.
He expressed his concern about issues of public importance like drinking water, Polavaram Project, Construction of new capital city and disaster management and said that CEO handed him a shocker by saying that AP CM has no powers to review the departments. He expressed his anguish that the comments of CEO appeared in media disturbed the people's perception over the democratic governance. He contended that CEO's comments are unwelcome as Model Code of Conduct has not such provision that bars CM from holding review meetings. He complained that the comments of the CEO are influencing officers from cooperating with him. CM commented that this amounts to exceeding of jurisdiction by CEO of AP. He mentioned an instance in which the CEO directed DG intelligence who works directly under the CM not to report to the Chief Minister. He sought to know who is the reporting authority of DG intelligence, if not Chief Minister as the concerned officer is barred from meeting CM. He questioned whether the DGs of other states also are barred from meeting CM. if not, why in AP? he quipped in the letter.
He reminded the ECI that there is a gap of nearly six weeks between the conclusion of the elections and counting process and opined that it is not legally correct to deprive the people of the state the right to be governed by their democratically elected government for a period of five years. However, he did not mention the comments of CS that the tenure of five years is for assembly but not for the CM.
CM Naidu further mentioned that the comments of the CEO are arbitrary and belittled the relevance and primacy of political governance in a democratic polity after scrupulously observing and complying with various provisions of MCC. He contended that ECI can't bar an elected government from discharging its duties.
He mentioned the instance of cabinet meeting of Union Government on April 15 and review meetings of Telangana State government on various departments despite the presence of MCC. CM Naidu took strong exception to the discriminatory approach of ECI towards AP different to that of the one followed in the States ruled by BJP and its allies.
He reiterated the necessity to expedite some works in the Polavaram project to supply water on gravity to ayacut. He also expressed his worries about the construction of capital city and quarters of All India Services officers. He cited the reason that some construction works of capital need to be completed before the onset of Monsoon and he needs to review the projects to see that the works are being done at the required pace.
He pointed out 7 deaths that are reported due to thunderbolt last week and contended that they could have been prevented if the democratic government is allowed to function properly. He termed the works he wants to review are seasonal and they should not come under MCC.
He concluded that letter telling the ECI that it is duty-bound to issue instructions to CEO of AP not to interrupt the legitimate functioning of the elected government & reviews by CM to ensure normal administration.
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