Andhra Pradesh chief minister dares Centre to arrest him saying “I am condemning all the centre’s conspiracies against AP.”
NEW DELHI — Infuriated over the removal of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary by the Election Commission, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu slammed the poll body as “biased” and sought a reason for his transfer.
Election Commission of India removed Punetha from the post and has appointed senior-most IAS officer L V Subrahmanyam of the 1983 batch in place of the former, according to media reports.
This is the second major blow to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu as the EC had removed two of his most-preferred top bureaucrats from their positions during election time.
“For what mistake did the Election Commission transfer Chief Secretary? How can you transfer without telling the mistake he did? How can you transfer without telling the mistake he did? It’s not right to do whatever they like,” the chief minister said.
While condemning the move of the Poll body, Chandrababu Naidu dared the authorities to “arrest him tomorrow or day after”. “I am condemning all the centre’s conspiracies against AP. I will see what you do,” he said.
Anil Chandra Punetha as Andhra Pradesh chief secretary had filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on March 27 challenging the EC order transferring the Director General of Intelligence A B Venkateswara Rao, the move taken as toeing the ruling TDP’s line.
In the petition, he contended that the EC did not have any ‘untrammeled powers’ to interfere with the course of administration that is unconnected to polling. “The EC cannot engage in an unchecked, arbitrary and uncanalised exercise of power.
The EC order suffers from the vice of lack of jurisdiction, suffers from being a colourable exercise of power and is based on alien purposes or oblique motives which have nothing to do with the conduct of polling duties, state Political Secretary (General Administration Department) N Srikant had said in the petition filed on behalf of the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Secretary, in fact, complied with the EC order Tuesday midnight and transferred the Intelligence DG, along with two district SPs, but he cancelled the Intelligence chiefs transfer order on Wednesday morning after the Chief Minister raised a hue and cry.
(With agency inputs)