Chandrababu Naidu slams Jaganmohan Reddy for planning to hold local body polls amid Covid-19 pandemic

Chandrababu Naidu slams Jaganmohan Reddy for planning to hold local body polls amid Covid-19 pandemic

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and current Leader of Opposition in the state Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday objected to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy holding meetings with officials to discuss a fresh schedule for local body elections in the state.

Taking note of the coronavirus pandemic, in March, the state election commission put a hold on the election process for six weeks.

Earlier this month, the Reddy government removed N Ramesh Kumar as state election commissioner and appointed Justice (retired) V Kanagaraj as new state election commissioner.

Reacting to reports of the government's plans of going ahead with the local body elections, Chandrababu Naidu said it shows "sheer negligence" of the coronavirus pandemic.

Naidu asked if it was a "joke" that at a time when the entire world is focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling party is planning to hold elections. "He (CM Jaganmohan Reddy) is not learning lessons and is willing to risk the health of millions for his political gains. This is shocking," Naidu said.

There have been reports that the chief minister is considering to take South Korea as an example where elections were held on Thursday and arrangements were being made for counting, despite the pandemic threat.