VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed a resolution unanimously against conduct of gram panchayat elections due to prevalence of Covid-19.
Minister for health Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Alla Nani) introduced the resolution in the House opposing the State Election Commission’s move to conduct gram panchayat polls in February. The minister said that as coronavirus was still prevalent in the state and as there was a threat of a second wave, the government cannot conduct polls as health of the people was more important.
The minister, while stating that the SEC had taken a unilateral decision in this regard, assured that once the pandemic was brought under control, gram panchayat elections would be conducted.
Earlier, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that as the US went ahead with its Presidential polls, it witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases....