22 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Power tussle during polls

Barely weeks after polling and with a change of guard being widely expected, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is at loggerheads with the state Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam. According to sources, the tussle is about who gets to control the routine administration until the votes are counted and result declared on May 23. Apparently, while Naidu and his ministers argue that his government was fully empowered to take decisions on every matter, the Chief Secretary is objecting to several review meetings held by the CM. The tussle has split the IAS and IPS lobbies into two camps, leading to uncertainty on administrative activities. Sources say that Mr Subramanyam, a 1983 batch IAS officer, appointed as the chief secretary by the Election Commission before the polling, is now virtually presiding over every sphere of governance in the state, thus triggering a sort of conflict with CM Naidu who, too, wants to continue his routine administrative activity by reviewing departments and issuing orders to officials. They cite the instance when some pro-Subramanyam babus called for a meeting of AP IAS Officers’ Association to discuss the situation arising out of the confrontation between the Chief Minister and the chief secretary, but pressure from Naidu and the CM’s office led to its cancellation. It seems now that only the election results will, hopefully, sort out things in the state government.

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