Nimmagadda knocks the doors of HC for funds
The state election commissioner(SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar came into news after a long time by knocking the doors of high court for attaining funds from the government for expenditure to conduct local body elections. Ramesh Kumar filed a petition on Wednesday in the high court of Andhrapradesh alleging that the state government is not cooperating with him in the conduct of the elections to local bodies. He named principal secretary (finance) and principal secretary (panchayat raj) as respondents in the petition. In his petition, he alleged that the government was not giving any funds to the state election commission for the office expenditure for the conduct of local body elections. He requested that the court give directions to the state government to release the funds to the commission immediately. Actually Ramesh Kumar lost his position of SEC by abruptly postponing the local body elections in March with out consulting the government of Andhrapradesh. Then he stated that due to Corona , he has postponed the elections and his action caused ire of Chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Later he was targeted by the Chief minister and Justice Kanagaraj was appointed in the place of Ramesh Kumar with an ordinance given by the governor. But after legal battle, he was reinstated and has been working SEC again. Now, it seems that he wants to conduct the elections when the pandemic reached its peak, but the government expressed its reluctance citing the same reason. At the same time, it appears that the government doesnot want to conduct election under the supervision of Ramesh Kumar and previous the government advocate filed an affidavit that its difficult to conduct elections right now as the Corona pandamic is at high tide and it may spread among the public if the election are conducted.