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Jagan government opposes court ruling to continue with panchayat elections

The Andhra Pradesh government is seeking to delay elections due to the pandemic, against the ruling of the High Court

Jagan government opposes court ruling to continue with panchayat elections

The Andhra Pradesh government is seeking to delay elections due to the pandemic, against the ruling of the High Court

Jagan government opposes court ruling to continue with panchayat elections

The Andhra Pradesh government is seeking to delay elections due to the pandemic, against the ruling of the High Court

Jagan government opposes court ruling to continue with panchayat elections

The Andhra Pradesh government is seeking to delay elections due to the pandemic, against the ruling of the High Court

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Andhra Pradesh government has clashed with the constitution yet again.

Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has a troubled relationship with India’s justice system. This is hardly surprising: he served over a year in jail in 2012-3, and is still awaiting trial on over 30 separate charges. In an attempt to further delay the course of justice, in October 2020 Jagan made a public attack on the judiciary in an open letter, prompting a number of organisations to call for an official inquiry. In his move to discredit the justice system, he was clearly in contempt of court.

His current position on the panchayat election process is further evidence of his disregard for the law.

Andhra Pradesh’s panchayat elections are due to take place in February, but the AP government has been pushing for a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government position is that holding elections immediately would pose a health risk, and they have stated that they will be ready to go ahead 60 days after all frontline personnel involved in the polls have been vaccinated.

That could be long delay. It may be months before everyone working on the election process has had the vaccine – plus an additional 60 days. In a best-case scenario that would mean no elections until April or May, and it could take much longer.

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