Panchayat polls: SEC Nimmagadda takes U-turn on transfer of Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, Girija Shankar
State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said in a press meet on Wednesday evening that he did not order the transfer of Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary Gopal Krishna Dwivedi and Commissioner M Girija Shankar for failing to prepare the electoral rolls. “I did not transfer or suspend both panchayat officials but only censured them,” he mentioned.
However, Ramesh sent an order to Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das on January 25 directing him to transfer Dwivedi and Girija Shankar. On the same day, the SEC issued another order censuring both officials. Order copies issued by Nimmagadda have appeared in the public domain.