AMARAVATI: TDP Politiburo Member Varla Ramaiah on Thursday advised Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy not to play games with the Constitutional institutions and following the instructions of the Supreme Court and the AP High Court as regards the reinstatement of N Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner.
He said if the Chief Minister has any conscience, he should resign and follow in the footsteps of great leaders like Lal Bahadur Sastry, Nilam Sanjeeva Reddy, Anna Durai, Jagjivan Ram, Dalit Minister Koneru Ranga Rao and others who sacrificed their high posts for small observations made by courts.
Addressing a virtual press conference here, Mr. Ramaiah said Jagan Reddy cannot go on evading the Constitution and the courts forever since the Rule of Law would ultimately prevail. A time would come when the Constitution would hit back and give whiplashes to the CM if he continued his violations with utter disregard for the laws of the land.
The TDP leader demanded that Jagan Reddy should sack his Government’s Advocate General and additional Advocate General for all the censures and strictures in over 68 cases in the High Court and the Supreme Court. It would be highly objectionable that three lower level advocates were blamed and sacrificed as pawns in the whole game. The CM should realise that it was his basic policies which were at fault and which were reason for the backlashes in the courts.
Mr. Ramaiah said that the Governor was also at fault for not abiding by the Constitution as far as the promulgation of the Ordinance was concerned. It must be noted that the Governor should review his decision and rectify the mistake in the wake of the courts’ orders. Putting a signature in an empty paper would not be correct. There was a need for the Governor to protect the integrity of the institution that he was representing.