Why did not SEC conduct local polls in 2018?

By Gopal.T Oct. 27, 2020, 07:53 pm IST
Why did not SEC conduct local polls in 2018?

The local body polls were originally to be conducted in 2018 as per schedule. However, the then TDP government had postponed the elections. The SEC did not act then nor did it raise any objections. It did not even approach the High Court, as is done now, seeking directions to the State government to cooperate with the SEC to hold local body elections.

Though Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar was appointed in 2016 as the SEC, he remained silent till 2020, when the Jagan Mohan Reddy government wanted to hold the elections. There was absolutely no work for the SEC since there were no elections from 2016 to 2020. However, the SEC postponed the elections mid-way in March without even consulting the state government. He did not even seek information on the Covid19 threat from the state government or even consulted the ruling party for its opinion. He just went by the demand of the opposition TDP and the CPI, which made some allegations of violence during the elections.

If the SEC is so independent on par with the Election Commission of India, and is a constitutional body above the state government (Executive and Legislature combine) as being claimed in the judiciary, it should have conducted the local body elections in 2018 and should not have accepted the decision of the then government to defer the polls.
If the SEC could accept the government’s decision and postponed the local body election in 2018, what is preventing it from accepting the same decision of the government now? When it can accept the decision of the government headed by Chandrababu Naidu and postponed the local body elections in 2018, why is it not ready to accept the decision of the government headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy?

Does it mean that Chandrababu Naidu as the chief minister is acceptable to the SEC and not Jagan Mohan Reddy!? Is it the reason for these controversies now!? There are the questions being raised in the villages even by the common man these days.

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