EC asks Karnataka government to keep HM’s advisor out of election machinery

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), April 6:-Taking the issue of the special advisor to Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy allegedly intervening in the election process, the Election Commission today directed the Karantaka government to keep him out of the loop.

Speaking to reporters here, Chief Election Commissioner said that extra constitutional authorities are not allowed to participate in the election process and the state administration should ensure that such persons do not operate anymore after code of conduct had come into force.

Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Chief H D Devegowda had personally met Chief Election Commission two days ago in a complaint demanded Kempaiah’s removal alleging that he was behaving like ‘Super Home Minister’ and official machinery was misused under his direction.

There were also allegations that he was involved in transporting cash in police vehicles.

Opposition BJP and JD(S) were bent upon his removal, especially after Poll dates were announced, alleging that the Ministers are transferring honest officers on his advise without taking into consideration the ground reality and these actions had also allegedly led to failure of law and order in the State, the two parties had alleged.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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