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Are AP CM’s tantrums costing the state?

With the model code of conduct in force and no prior permission from the Election Commission, Andhra Pradesh’s Cabinet meeting has been postponed to May 14th. The Cabinet meeting which was earlier scheduled to take place on May 10th has been pushed further as it would require the EC to examine the agenda, after the Chief Secretary will have hold a meeting with the heads of various departments. 
 
However, Chandrababu’s has a different take. His belief is that the Cabinet issues would not require any special permission from the EC and if such issues crop up, then definitely he would instruct the CS to follow procedure. But, some senior IAS officers say such meetings cannot be held when the model code of conduct is being implemented. 
 
On the other hand, there is criticism that Naidu asking for such a meeting only to satisfy his ego. For the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Secretary has to ask heads of various departments to get information on some specific issue while calling for the meeting. There are questions on what information would he seek from the heads of the departments.
 
Senior political leaders are trying to find out what could be the agenda as Cyclone Fani has not hit Andhra Pradesh and the heatwave too is not in a serious position, as the cyclone induced rain in some places. Neither is there any law and order problem nor can any discussion be raised regarding Polavaram project as it has been deferred till June. 
 
When the model code of conduct is in force, new schemes cannot be introduced, policy decisions cannot be taken, new laws cannot be framed and similarly, officers cannot be shifted. The only agenda, some senior political leaders say, could be how to find fault with Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam, abuse Modi or slam the Election Commission for conducting the poll in an inefficient manner.
 
After the polls were held on April 11, Naidu held review meetings twice which drew flak from various quarters. However, Naidu said that his term was there till June 2. However, his detractors say Naidu had clearly understood that he would get defeated and so is trying the put the blame on the Election Commission by repeatedly raising the inefficiency of the EC and the ‘anti-AP policies’ being adopted by Modi.
 
Some political observers also feel that by being at loggerheads with the IAS officers, in fact, he would face opposition from them in case, he wins the elections. It is heard that they are expecting the AP Chief Minister to put an end to his tantrums. 
 

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