On the 28th of October, an all party meeting was held to discuss the Andhra Pradesh local body elections.
The meeting was called by the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar.
Representatives of all parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) the Communist Party Marxist (CPM) the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) the JanaSena Party, the Indian National Congress (INC,) the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties were called.
While representatives of TDP, CPM, CPI, BSP and Congress, expressed their views on the conduction of local body elections, the YSRCP skipped the meeting and asked not to conduct the elections
The YSRCP even moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court against the all party meeting.
In regard to this, the opposition party, the TDP criticised the YSRCP. Meanwhile, the TDP State President Achennaidu said it was not right for the ruling YSRCP to skip the meeting called by the Election Commission and alleged that YSRCP has been committing atrocities since the election notification issued in the past. He further said, the TDP is ready for any election and the people are also ready to defeat the YSRCP.
On the other hand, during the all party meeting, parties demanded the SEC to issue a fresh notification for the Local Body Elections in Andhra Pradesh.
The representatives said the previous election notification should be cancelled since the ordinance brought by the YSRCP has not become law and urged that the new election notification be issued. They asked the State Election Commission to ensure that the elections be held under the protection of the central forces.
In specific, the BJP and BSP parties have demanded to give a new notification for the elections.
The CPI (M) opted to hold elections in consultation with the Government while the CPI suggested rescheduling the elections after consulting with the State Government.
The JanaSena Party, which did not attend the meeting due to some unknown reasons, sent their opinion to the SEC through mail.
The final decision regarding the Local Body Elections in Andhra Pradesh is yet to be taken.
Stay tuned for further updates.