Amid the controversy over the appointment of the State Election Commissioner (SEC) in Andhra Pradesh, the ruling YSR Congress Party on Tuesday launched videotapes of a secret assembly between BJP leaders and SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was just lately reinstated to the put up by the Andhra High Court.
The tapes present Kumar lounging with two senior political leaders at a personal resort in Hyderabad.
The tapes present former Union Minister from TDP Rajya Sabha MP, YS Chowdary, who just lately joined the BJP, and former state Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas getting into the identical room the place Kumar was staying on the eighth flooring of Park Hyatt Hotel on June 13.
“There was no mistaken in that. It was an informal assembly,” said Chowdary. “I do not know why YSRCP leaders try to create an issue with meaningless videotapes. The SEC shouldn’t be a prison and there’s no rule that we should always not meet him. Being shut associates, we will meet each time we wish and wherever we wish.”
The opposition has raised objections since Kumar, who was accused of favoring the TDP through the native physique elections, is anticipated to take care of a impartial stance and stay away from energetic politics.
Kumar was earlier sacked by the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led authorities and took over his put up once more final month after the court docket struck down an ordinance to sack him.
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) authorities had issued an ordinance on April 10 to sack Ramesh Kumar following a row over the postponement of native physique elections.
Within hours of the sacking, the federal government had appointed Justice V. Kanagaraj (retd) as the brand new SEC. Kanagaraj, 75, took cost as SEC on April 11.
The ordinance had introduced down the time period of SEC from 5 years to 3 years, thus abruptly ending the time period of Ramesh Kumar who was appointed in 2016.
The ordinance had additionally modified the eligibility for SEC put up. According to it, the Governor on state authorities suggestion shall appoint an individual who has held an workplace of High Court decide as SEC.
Kumar had strained relations with Reddy who had personally met the Governor to complain in opposition to him on March 14, hours after the SEC postponed the elections to rural and concrete native our bodies had been cheduled on March 21 and 23 respectively.