NEW DELHI: The Election Commission, which has been looking into the “allegation” of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy being appointed as permanent president of the YSRCP and which recently received a clarification from it that the allegation was made in a media report and an internal inquiry has been ordered in the matter, has asked YSRCP to conclude the probe at the earliest and make a clear and categorical public announcement contradicting the said media report.
“The Commission categorically rejects any attempt or even a hint of any organisational post being of permanent nature, it being inherently anti-democracy. Any action which denies the periodicity of elections is in complete violation of the extant instructions of the commission. If not categorically contradicted, it has the potential to create a confusion in other political formations of such a move (which is widely reported in the press) being condoned by EC and in turn can assume contagious proportions,” the EC said in an order issued on Wednesday.
The clarification of Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party
was received by EC after several reminders — starting with a reference sent on July 22, 20 for its comments and followed by reminders dated August 1, August 5 and August 18. YSRCP replied on August 23, informing EC of the “unanimous” election of Reddy as its president on July 8 and 9. However it did not admit or deny the allegation of him being appointed as the permanent president of YSRCP.
A further reference was received by EC from YSRCP on September 11, in which it confirmed that the “allegation” of Reddy being made permanent party president was reported in the media and that the party had launched an internal inquiry in the matter. It also said the party would take necessary action upon finding of facts.