The nail-biting long wait ended with a happy note for AP government, particularly the ruling Telugu Desam Party and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu with election commission giving its clears to hold cabinet meeting, scheduled for Tuesday. The EC had sent a communication to the State Chief Electoral Officer, Gopala Krishna Dwivedi on Monday evening giving clearance to the State government to hold the cabinet meeting.
The cabinet meeting was proposed last week initially for May 10, but was differed as it required the EC clearance, which would come only with the State government sending the agenda. Accordingly, the state government had postponed the cabinet meeting to May 14 and chief secretary had collected the copy of agenda from the chief minister office (CMO). The chief secretary also held a meeting with the heads of departments on getting separate notes from each of them on the agenda issues and the same was forwarded to the EC for clearance.
The EC remained silent till Monday evening giving sleepless nights to the TDP leadership and some confusion and tense moments for the senior officers, who were to attend the meeting. Chandrababu Naidu had called chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam for a meeting with him on Monday morning to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed cabinet meeting. At one point, Chandrababu Naidu wanted to have a meeting of the senior officers of the State, if the cabinet meeting was not cleared by the EC.
However, the EC had cleared the proposal giving a sigh of relief to the officials and the TDP leaders, particularly Chandrababu Naidu, who took this as a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, according to the TDP chief, is controlling the EC and causing hardships to the opponents. It all became an issue in AP politics with the EC saying no to Chandrababu Naidu holding review meetings with the officials after the April 11 polling. Naidu took this seriously and alleged that the EC was functioning at the behest of the Prime Minister, who is indulging in witch-hunt politics. In an attempt to challenge Modi’s diktat, Naidu called for the cabinet meeting and finally secured clearance.
However, the EC had advised the AP government to restrain from making any decisions that involved monetary transactions including clearing pending bills etc. It is now to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu, will hold the cabinet meeting and what he will announce after the meeting.