The YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh has written a letter to the Election Commission, crying foul over caretaker Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu allegedly using facilities of the state government, for activities related to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
In a letter to Chief Electoral Officer (GEO) Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, YSRCP General Secretary and MP Y S Vijayasai Reddy wrote, “It is learnt from the media that the Chief Minister has called for a meeting of party MLAs at Prajavedika, a state government facility, despite the model code of conduct (MCC) still being in force.”
The YSRCP pointed out that when the MCC was in place, the CM and Ministers were barred from using government facilities, whether it was meeting halls or guest houses.
“Use of video, tele-conference facilities owned by the state are also prohibited. If any state facility, be it a guest house or meeting halls are to be allowed for usage, they should be equally allotted to all the political parties without any discrimination,” the YSRCP leader wrote.
“Therefore, we thought it fit to bring it to the notice of the CEO and protest against the use of the state facilities for party activities by the Chief Minister .We also request the CEO to instruct the Chief Secretary and the concerned officials to strictly implement the MCC in letter and spirit as long as the code is in force,” he added.
The letter comes days after Naidu took exception to the Election Commission imposing restrictions on his review meetings on Saturday and wondered if the Model Code of Conduct applies only to Andhra Pradesh.
The TDP President said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to hold review meetings with the Intelligence Bureau and other departments and the poll panel has imposed no bar on him.
"Why there are restrictions only on Andhra Pradesh," asked Naidu.
The Chief Minister said his fight was not against the EC but the manner in which it was functioning. He urged the poll body not to make mockery of democracy through its actions.