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HD Deve Gowda expresses doubts over conduct of free and fair Assembly polls

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, April 5:- Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda has expressed his doubts over free and fair elections to be held to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 12.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, Deve Gowda said that he met Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and has brought to his notice about the shortcomings in implementation of election code, etc., misuse of official machinery by the ruling Congress party and have appealed for taking immediate measures to ensure free and fair election,

CEC Rawat, who arrived along with his two deputies on Wednesday, is holding discussion with concerned officials about preparedness for the election. He is also scheduled to hold discussion with political leaders on the steps taken by the authorities and complaints about any shortcomings.

Deve Gowda said that “I have brought to the knowledge of the CEC about the staff members of the Chief Minister office allegedly collecting money for the election and transport of cash in police jeeps misusing official machinery in Home Department.”

“I have also informed about the state government transferring honest officers and posting officers loyal to the party in Hassan, Mandya, Mysuru and Ramanagara Districts, ” he added.

He said that there were allegations against top cop Kempaiah, who was appointed as Special Advisor to the Home Minister, acting as ‘Super Home Minister’ and opposition parties wanted his removal to ensure free and fair election, but he is continuing to work by shifting his office from Vikas Soudha to other premises and influencing in transfer of honest officers..

Deve Gowda said that he has submitted six complaints to the CEC on various shortcomings in implementation of election code in the poll bound state.-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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