State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh will hold a meeting with all political parties in the state on October 28 to discuss the conduct of local body elections as part of a recent development regarding the local body elections in Andhra Pradesh. The views of the parties on the conduct of the postponed elections will be sought. A circular was released regarding the meeting to be held at the Vijayawada office of the State Election Commission. After meeting with political parties, the SEC would later discuss the issue with the government.
In the meantime, funds for 13 districts were also published in conjunction with the operation of the elections. Orders were released releasing a total of Rs 8 crore 25 lakh 3 thousand to Srikakulam district with Rs.52,38,000, Rs.41,46,000 to Vizianagaram, Rs.73,24,500 to Visakhapatnam, Rs.82,75,000 to East Godavari, Rs.59,46,000 to West Godavari, Rs. 72,91,500 to Krishna, Rs.80,86,500 to Guntur, Rs.58,63,500 to Prakasam district, Rs.52,44,000 to Nellore, Rs.66,03,000 to Chittoor district, Rs.67,30,50500 to Guntur district, Rs.
It is known that at a time when the coronavirus was spreading when the SEC was Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar; the local body elections were postponed. The government of AP CM YS Jagan took this matter seriously and brought a special decree and suspended him from office. Nimmagadda appealed to the High Court, which ruled in his favour, and the Supreme Court was later approached by the AP government to contest the High Court's judgment. The Supreme Court, however, also declined to grant a stay and Nimmagadda was reinstated as Commissioner for State Elections.
Clearly, prior consultations with the State Government were not conducted by Ramesh Kumar. For a long time, there was no cordial relationship between them. The SEC has already released a circular urging the parties to express their views to the police. The circular was received by the governing YSRCP. Whether or not the ruling party will respond is a billion-dollar issue. It is well known that the SEC is very angry with CM YS Jagan for postponing the local polls. Rumours later spread that CM Jagan had agreed not to allow Ramesh Kumar, whose term would be over next year, to complete the local body surveys.