Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is ready for a showdown with the Election Commission. As announced earlier, he is planning to hold the cabinet meeting on May 10, challenging the intervention of the Election Commission in the day-to-day administration of the government.
Chandrababu Naidu is not happy with the election commission preventing him from holding any official meeting after the elections in the name of model code of conduct. The EC had circulated copies of the model code of conduct when Chandrababu Naidu started holding review meetings with the officials after the April 11 polling. It had prevented Chandrababu Naidu from interacting with the officials and had directed the officials against reporting to Naidu. This had irked Naidu and he had taken it as a challenge to question the EC on its intervention in the business rules of the government.
Chandrababu Naidu is angry with the EC for preventing him from functioning as regular chief minister. “I am elected for five years and this five years period holds good till June 18 as the first session of the 2014 Assembly was held on June 19. I have every right to stay in power for the full five years term. No one can deny my right,” is what Chandrababu Naidu claims, despite the fact that elections were held for the Assembly too and his fate is sealed in the EVMs.
Now, taking the EC for a head on collision, Chandrababu Naidu had called for the cabinet meeting on May 10 and the chief minister’s office had sent communication to every official to be present at the cabinet meeting. The chief minister is firm on this meeting to see whether chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam would attend the meeting or stays away. Things are not well between the chief minister and the chief secretary. Chandrababu Naidu is opposed to the elevation of Subrahmanyam as chief secretary and even made some political comments against the senior IAS officer.
Though Subrahmanyam did not react to the political comments of the chief minister, there is some unrest among the IAS officers who are not able to digest the comments. It is now to be seen if the chief secretary and other officers attend the cabinet meeting or allow it to be a political event.