The results of the cooperative elections are a testimony to the faith reposed by people in the state government and the Congress party, minister for labour and employment Danam Nagender has said.
Speaking to mediapersons in his chambers at the Secretariat on Tuesday, the minister said while elections were not held for some PACS and DCCBs following court orders, in the rest, Congress had bagged the majority.
When asked about non-filling of nominated posts, the minister said Congress workers had their opportunity in cooperative elections and will have more in the local body polls. “The remaining loyal Congress men would be accommodated in other manners later,” he said, indicating that nominated posts would be filled only after the local body elections. However, the final decision in that regard would be taken by the Congress high command in consultations with the chief minister and the PCC chief.
Nagender attributed the victory in cooperative election to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Welcoming the apex court’s directions for conducting local body elections, Nagender said when the High Court stayed the elections, the state government moved the Supreme Court, keeping in mind the interests of the people over various quotas. Now the way is cleared for electing people’s representatives for panchayats, mandal parishads and zilla parishads, he said. When elected bodies are in place, delegating more powers to panchayats would be possible, he added.