Tulasi Reddy faults AP govt on holding MLC elections
- Says govt had not filled vacancies in local bodies
Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president N Tulasi Reddy here on Saturday blamed the State government for holding elections to the local body MLC seats without holding elections to the local bodies.
Addressing a news conference, Tulasi Reddy said that the government had not conducted elections to 7 municipal corporations, five municipalities, besides 7 ZPTCs, 129 MPTCs, 33 municipal wards, 3 municipal corporation divisions and 156 sarpanches. He took a dig at the government for conducting elections to the MLC posts without filling these vacancies.
The Congress leader said that the government had not conducted elections to the Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Guntur, Ongole, Tirupati and Kurnool Municipal Corporations despite the court directions. Similarly, elections to Rajam, Nellimarla, Anaparthi, Kandukuru and Rajampet municipalities were not conducted, he said. The ZPTCs in Satthenapalli, Mandavalli, Kurichedu, Kukkunuru, Velerupadu, Veeravalli and Etapaka that form part of the respective zilla parishads were also not filled by holding elections, he said. Though these vacancies are to be filled within six months, the government had not conducted elections till date, he said.
The TDP government is not confident of winning these elections because of the increasing public unrest across the State built up during the last three years, he said. He ridiculed the TDP government holding elections to the MLC seats from the local bodies keeping these local body seats vacant.
Tulasi Reddy appealed to the election commission to look into these issues and direct the State government to hold elections to the municipal corporations and municipalities, besides filling the vacancies to the municipalities, mandal parishads and zilla parishads. He alleged that the government was purchasing the elected representatives from the village level to the Assembly and Parliament level in unethical forms.