AP chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam seems to be cautious, careful and calculative in handling the government affairs, particularly as chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is opposing him for his own political reasons. Right from the day one, Subrahmanyam had been taking decisions keeping in mind the resistance from Chandrababu Naidu and his Telugu Desam Party leaders. He did not make any statement to counter the utterances of the TDP leaders and not even the politically-motivated comments of Chandrababu Naidu.
When the chief minister wanted to hold the cabinet meeting against the model code of conduct, he had sought to remind the chief minister, his cabinet colleagues and the senior officials of the need to get clearance from the election commission. Chandrababu Naidu, who proposed the cabinet meeting initially for May 10, had to postpone it to May 14, following CS comments. Finally, when a note was sent to him by the chief minsiter’s office with a clear agenda for the proposed cabinet meet, Subrahmanyam had sent the same note to the departments dealing with the issues in the agenda and sought further clarification from them. Basing on the clarification given by the heads of the respective departments, he had finally cleared the file and sent it to the election commission for clearance, not giving any scope for the TDP leaders to blame him.
Now, the ball is in the election commission’s court. State chief electoral officer, Gopala Krishna Dwivedi had forwarded the file to the election commission, without any comment from his side. He told the media persons that he would give his comments only if the election commission sought. Thus, the CEO too is playing his game carefully and cautiously as Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP leaders are opposed to him too.
With the cabinet meeting proposal file sent to the election commission, all eyes are on the EC to react on this. Naidu had proposed the cabinet meeting only to challenge the EC, which had closed the doors for him to hold review meetings with the officials after the elections. It is now to be seen how the EC would react on this move.