Amaravati: Ending the high dramas of YCP Govt in Andhra Pradesh over the Local Body elections, the Supreme Court’s division bench has refused to intervene in the decision of AP State Election Commission in conducting the Polls, on Monday.
The Division Bench consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy rejected the State government’s plea to postpone the Local Body elections given the ongoing vaccination process for COVID19.
The State Government in its petition mentioned that the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar was in a hurry to conduct the Local Body polls as his term comes to an end by March 2021. Representing the AP Government in the SC, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that around 5 lakh people are getting vaccinated, even Goa State Election Commission deferred elections. He questioned how could the polls happen when the Police are getting vaccinated. He said that the elections can be commenced from March 1, as the front-line workers will be vaccinated by January 28.
During the arguments, the Supreme Court made some interesting observations
“Ego problem between two authorities is leading to lawlessness. We cannot allow lawlessness. How can resolutions be passed against the N Ramesh Kumar? Elections have been held in far more difficult conditions and successfully”
Justice Kaul commented that they cannot be a part of an ego battle and the court cannot intervene. He also mentioned that the Election Commission will take certain decisions. He said that there are instances where states have conducted the elections in very difficult circumstances. Recently Kerala state also conducted the elections, and there is a spike in the number of cases but there is no proof that conducting the polls led to an increase in the number of cases.
The court gave a strong counter to the Employees Federation which tried to intervene
“your behavior is atrocious and undesirable. Why should the election commission make public statements and you are passing staff resolutions against it.”
For the past few days, the YSRCP leaders are targeting the Election Commissioner. Even in the Special Leave Petition (SLP), the state government made remarks on Mr. Ramesh Kumar questioning his medical expertise in deciding to conduct the elections. The verbal attacks of the ruling party leaders sought to delegitimize the authority of the Election Commissioner by attributing political ambitions to his decision.
Post the judgment, Mr. Ramesh Kumar has written a letter to the Home Secretary wherein he mentioned that the Employee Unions are not cooperating for conducting the elections and requested the Secretary to allocate Central government staff for conducting the elections.