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EC Asks YSR Congress To Publicly Deny Reports That Jagan Was Made Its ‘Lifetime’ President

"The Commission categorically rejects any attempt or even a hint of any organisational post being of permanent nature, being inherently anti-democracy," it said in a letter to the party.

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New Delhi: Against the backdrop of media reports that Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has been appointed the permanent president of the YSR Congress Party, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday directed the party to make a “clear and categorical public announcement” contradicting the reports as the matter has the potential to create “confusion” in other political organisations.

The EC order came after the YSR Congress Party initially informed the poll panel about the “unanimous” election of Jagan Mohan Reddy as president of the party on July 8 and 9 this year, but did not categorically admit or deny the specific allegation forwarded by the EC regarding him being made permanent president for life.

The EC had sought a reply from the parry following media reports.

The YSR Congress Party later confirmed to 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 EC that “necessary action” on the same will be taken by the party on finding the facts.

But the commission has now directed the party to make a “clear and categorical announcement publicly”, contradicting media reports on the appointment of Jagan as the permanent president. This will put the possibility of such confusion at rest, the EC said.

“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,” the order said.

The EC said if not categorically contradicted, “it has the potential to create confusion in other political formations of such a move being condoned by the Election Commission of India and in turn can assume contagious proportions.”

(With PTI inputs)