No officer attends Nimmagadda’s video conference
In a surprise for some and as anticipated by many, the video conference convened by State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, failed to take off as no officer attended it. Ramesh Kumar had convened the video conference at 3 pm and waited for two hours for the officers to attend in vain.
The ruling party leaders, ministers and the employees have refused to accept the notification issued by Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. Some said that the case is listed for hearing in the Supreme Court, while the employees said that they were not prepared to take the risk of being exposed to the covid 19 and wanted the SEC to wait till the employees are given vaccine.
Chief Secretary Adityanath Das had categorically said that the state administration is not prepared for elections at this stage as they are busy with vaccination. He also told the SEC that the state government had filed a case in the Supreme Court and it is posted to Monday. He wanted the SEC to wait for further action till the Supreme Court responded.
However, keeping aside the issues raised by the employees, the ruling party leadership and the chief secretary, the SEC had released the notification and issued orders calling for video conference. He also announced that the model code of conduct had come into force and issued orders accordingly to the chief secretary.
Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said that the issues or objections raised by the government and employees were not appropriate and had rejected them. He further said that he had been appraising the Governor on the issues and will take the non-cooperation of the government to the notice of the Governor.
It is now to be seen what Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar would do as the officers are not cooperating and not reporting to him. The chief secretary too had not toed his line and it would mere impossible for Nimmagadda to hold elections without the support of the officers and employees.