How Jagan vs Judiciary may not end well for AP
If there is one word that describes the situation transpiring in Andhra Pradesh, one could simply call it “Megalomania.” For those who don’t understand, megalomaniac is a person who believes they are very important and superior, or have a tendency to do very extravagant things.
For starters, Chief Minister of AP, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy is an accused in corruption cases who has served his jail term. Not just that but all the megalomaniac tendencies have been exposed in the current CM through his random decision-making capabilities.
From choosing to have three capitals for a debt-ridden state to flooding its citizens with unnecessary welfare schemes and spending public’s money extravagantly on his house in Tadepalli, Jagan has created a space for himself as a politician that never listens.
His reckless behaviour as a leader has even created a name for himself with the Judiciary. He even went to the extent of making allegations against senior Supreme Court Chief Justice N.V. Ramana as well as accusations on High Court judges.
Apart from his bail petitions and weekly visits to the Court, Jagan government also has been challenging people’s petitions of three-capital plan. There are around 90 petitions in the high court challenging the state government’s decision to have three capitals.
Not just these, but his decision on the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh also came as a blow to the YSRCP government after the SEC went to the Supreme Court and got reinstated into his position in Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, other legal tangles that Jagan put himself in are: The state government’s decision to increase the backward classes quota in the local bodies to 34 per cent from 27 per cent was also struck down by the High Court.
The high court had also struck down an order by the state government making English medium mandatory from classes 1 to 6 in all government schools. The recent strike down of the Supreme Court on YSRCP’s fake “Amaravati land scam” also came as a double blow to Jagan. If one analyses the way these legal tangles are bringing Jagan down for his brash decisions, it is high time that one notices that such a leader may not really bode well for a state like Andhra Pradesh. Whatever the consequences of such actions are, people are ultimately paying the price for the lack of development in a progressive state like AP.
TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.