The election of office-bearers of Kadapa District Cooperative Central Bank has been postponed for the third successive day on Thursday, by the State Government to February 28 citing apprehensions of breach of peace and largescale violence “in view of the past history of Kadapa district”.
Deputy Registrar M. Venkatasubbaiah, who was deputed as election officer, consequent upon the disappearance of District Cooperative Officer Chandrasekhar, made an announcement to this effect in the DCCB meeting hall. He read out orders received from the State Registrar of Cooperative Society and Election Authority I.S. Srinaresh in the meeting which was attended by the eight Directors elected with YSR Congress support. Six other Directors elected with Congress support abstained.
The Cooperative Registrar’s order stated that District Collector K. Sasidhar forwarded the report of Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar Sinha that some time was needed to let tempers cool down to conduct elections in a free and fair manner, in view of the tense ground situation. The Registrar further stated that voters may not be allowed to vote freely and fairly and hence the election was being rescheduled to February 28 by virtue of powers vested under Rule 22- C (1) (iii) of A.P. Cooperative Society Rules, 1964. Mr. Venkatasubbaiah announced that the elected Directors should be present in the DCCB at 8 a.m. on February 28 to elect the DCCB chairman and vice-chairman.
Thereafter, YSRC MLAs A. Amarnath Reddy and K. Srinivasulu described the postponement of DCCB election as undemocratic. In a press conference here, they threatened that the party would launch an agitation against the postponement.
YSRC MLAs A. Amarnath Reddy and K. Srinivasulu describe the postponement as undemocratic