Andhra Pradesh state election commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who turned out to be a thorn in the flesh of the YSR Congress party government in the state, has once again displayed his antipathy towards the ruling party.
Ramesh Kumar, who postponed the local body elections on the pretext of Coronavirus spread, reacted swiftly to the complaints lodged by Bharatiya Janata Party state president Kanna Lakshminarayana and Communist Party of India secretary K Ramakrishna.
Both the leaders complained that the contestants of the YSRC in the local body elections, and their supporters are handing over financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per family to the poor people towards Corona relief and soliciting support to take undue advantage for electoral gains.
The SEC on Monday wrote a letter to district election observers and collectors, referring to the complaints by the opposition along with press and video clippings.
Ramesh Kumar said though the scheme of distribution of benefits per se was not violative of the rules, as it is a new scheme and moreover, the election code was not in vogue at present.
“However, a ban on campaigning continues in the interregnum period and if the allegations of seeking electoral favours while distributing relief money are found true, the same will tantamount to campaigning which is not permissible,” he said.
He directed the collectors to send reports regarding instances of such alleged breach of rules.
“Further care and caution may be exercised by all the concerned authorities not to give raise to such violations to take place through proper supervision,” he said.