Sorry, Jagan! You can’t be permanent president of YSRCP: Election Commission
If you thought you were living in China, think again! don’t be mistaken if you hear of fascist behaviour in Andhra Pradesh. A few months ago, AP Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who happens to be YSRCP President passed a resolution, declaring himself as permanent president of the party.
In a democracy like India, it is a well-known fact that every system operates on a voting pattern. That happens even with a political party. Party cadre and members usually vote on resolutions to be taken. So, as per the norm, Jagan compelled the party to pass a resolution to be its permanent resident.
However, what one needs to understand is that you cannot declare anything about yourself until the Election Commission of India approves it. So, in Jagan’s case, EC expressed disapproval of any attempt or a hint of any organizational post in the party translated to being permanent.
“The Commission after considering all the above materials, has ordered that Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party be directed to conclude the internal inquiry at the earliest and make a clear and categorical public announcement contradicting the said media reports.,” the official statement said.
The statement and demand for clarification by the ECI also note that any action which denies the periodicity of elections is anti-democratic and in complete violation of the election body’s instructions. Following this, the party has been forced to acknowledge EC’s statement.
This is something that the YSRCP needs to learn – In a Democracy, one needs to abide by rules set by bodies. And, this is also a clear message to Jagan on their behaviour and brash governance.
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.