Opposition parties bat for local body polls in Andhra Pradesh

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All parties, except the ruling YSRCP attended the meeting and apprised their opinions to the SEC.

Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner, N. Ramesh Kumar, on Wednesday, October 28, held da one-on-one discussions with political parties on conducting the local body elections, which were postponed in March due to coronavirus pandemic.

All parties, except the ruling YSRCP attended the meeting and apprised their opinions to the SEC.

The opposition parties, including the Telugu Desam Party urged the SEC to revoke the earlier notification and issue a fresh one for conducting the elections. The earlier notification had proposed a schedule to conduct the elections in March, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic just a few days before the polling date.

Telugu Desam Party State President Atchannaidu that they are ready for the elections and urged the SEC to go ahead with the process. He said that the ruling party was opposing the election as they were fearing defeat.

CPI state secretary K Ramakrishna said he had advised the SEC to take a decision on conducting the polls after taking advice of medical experts. 

The exercise gains significance in the backdrop of the state government opposing the holding the polls at this juncture and the AP High Court taking up a batch of writ petitions that have pressed for conducting the elections on November 2.

The government has already informed the High Court of its view to not hold the polls as the prevalence of Covid-19 is still high (with inputs from UNI)

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