As Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had returned to his regular review meetings with the officials in the Secretariat, the Election Commission cracked its whip and stopped the chief minister holding reviews. Taking almost a three-week gap due to elections, Chandrababu Naidu resumed his review meetings with the officials. The first review meeting was held on Wednesday on the Polavaram Project review.
The chief minister had scheduled two more review meetings for Thursday – one on the capital city development and the other on the law and order. The chief minister’s office had sent communication to the senior officials, including DGP R P Thakur and Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam, asking them to be present at the review meeting.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress raised objections to the chief minister holding review meetings when the election code is in force. The YSR Congress had submitted a representation to the State Chief Electoral Officer, Gopalakrishna Dwivedi raising objections to the Chief Minister holding reviews and tele, video conferences with the officials. Following this complaint, the CEO had circulated the copies of the model code of conduct for the officials categorically stating that such review meetings by the chief minister or any of the ministers was not allowed. If core issues like law and order are to be reviewed, the officials concerned should report either to the Home Secretary or the Chief Secretary and certainly not the chief minister.
These orders have forced the chief minister to cancel his review meetings which he had lined-up for this month-end. The chief minister, taking strong objection to the model code of conduct, said he is an elected chief minister and can be in office till June 8, the day he took charge in 2014. He expressed dismay at the election commission cutting his five-year term in the name of code.
Now that he is stripped-off powers, Chandrababu Naidu is planning to take up nation-wide election campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu would utilise the remaining days till May 23, without holding any review meeting or teleconference with the officials!