TDP demands Peddireddy resignation

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Govt advertisements on polls unacceptable, says Ashok Babu
SEC sole and final authority in election process

AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party MLC P. Ashok Babu on Wednesday strongly criticised Panchayat Raj Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy for passing ‘highly objectionable’ remarks against State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar on the issue of the panchayat elections.

Mr. Ashok Babu demanded the resignation of the Minister owning responsibility for his uncalled for comments against the head of a constitutional institution like the State Election Commission. The courts have clearly made it clear that the SEC has got all the constitutional powers to conduct the elections in accordance with the established procedures.

Addressing a press conference here, the TDP MLC asserted that during the election time, the election commissioner would retail all the authority and the Government had no right to interfere with the election process. The Ministers were crossing their limits and making unacceptable comments against the SEC even after whatever happened in the Supreme Court. The attitude of the ruling YCP leaders was not changing despite strictures from the courts.

Mr. Ashok Babu termed it as disagreeable on the part of the Government to save the top officers from the SEC punishment awarded to them for their lapses. This would be complained to the Department of Personnel and Training, the Government of India. The SEC has initiated action against the All India Officers following non-compliance of the election process. The Minister’s statement created confusion in the minds of the people now.

The TDP MLC asserted that the Government had no right to issue the publicity-mongering advertisements on the election process and the unanimous elections. It amounted to interfering with the election process and infringing on the authority of the SEC. The YCP was afraid of facing the people and it was preparing for the election only in unavoidable circumstances. The people were eager to give a strong lesson to the ruling party.