EC orders YSRCP to clarify reports that Jagan made its life-time permanent president – The Indian Express

Amid reports that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minsiter Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has been appointed the permanent president of Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), the Election Commission on Wednesday directed the party to make a “clear and categorical public announcement” on the issue.
“Therefore, the Commission after considering all the above material, has ordered that Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party be directed to conclude the internal enquiry at the earliest and make a clear and categorical public announcement contradicting the said media/newspaper reports so as to put the possibility of such a confusion at rest,” the order by Secretary Jaydeb Lahiri stated.
The EC had first raised this issue in July and two reminders were sent to the party in August, adding that “the delay in responding adds credibility to the said allegation”. The EC order noted that while the party responded on August 23, informing the Commission of the “unanimous” election of Reddy as president of the party in elections held on July 8 and July 9, it “did not categorically admit or deny the specific allegation”.
The YSRCP had later told the EC that the issue was reported in the media and that the party has launched an internal enquiry in this regard. It had also told the EC that “necessary action” on the same will be taken by the party on finding the facts.
“The Commission categorically rejects, any attempt or even a hint of any organisational post being of permanent nature 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 the Election Commission of India and in turn can assume contagious proportions,” the order stated.
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