Congress accuses chief electoral officer of inciting hatred among Telangana and Andhra people

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief Spokesperson Dasoju Sravan has strongly condemned the statement of Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar that the state will not enlist the services of policemen for the December 7 assembly poll.Kumar made the announcement following complaints by the ruling Telugu Rashtra Samithi (TRS) that police in civilian clothes from Andhra Pradesh was gathering intelligence and allegedly distributing money to ensure the defeat of the TRS.Kumar said that Telangana was not seeking deployment of Andhra Pradesh Police for poll-related work because “they are Telugu-speaking and there is a possibility of their interaction with the locals and they may have relatives too.” This came soon after a complaint made to the election authorities stated that six police personnel were caught distributing money to prospective voters by locals in separate incidents in Dharmapuri and Mancherial. On that basis, the CEO wrote to the police chiefs of both the states asking for details.Responding to it on Tuesday, the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police RP Thakur said that the intelligence-wing sleuths were in Telangana to track the movement of Maoists but denied charges of snooping and distributing money as pointed out in the TRS complaint.He also pointed out that in the video sent by the Election Commission, no money was seen, nor was there any evidence to suggest that the policemen were involved in money distribution.In rebutting the TRS complaint and the charge, the Congress is laying the blame at the door of the CEO. “Is he following the diktats of the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao or performing his duties as per the Constitution,” asked Dasoju Sravan, reminding Rajat Kumar that as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, Hyderabad is the joint capital of both the Telugu states until May 2024.Sravan alleged that the attitude of the CEO was creating a regional divide among people to please TRS leaders. “If any individual policeman from Andhra Pradesh indulged in unlawful activity, the Election Commission is well within its right to initiate penal action. But it is improper to typecast the entire Andhra Pradesh Police as illegal and biased. By refusing to avail the services of the Andhra Pradesh Police for polling duty, the CEO has maligned the entire police system,” said the Congress leader.Also read | Political Stock Exchange: KCR soars in Telangana, Kumaraswamy slumps in popularity as Karnataka CMWatch | Political Stock Exchange: 43 per cent respondents favour KCR as next Telangana CM
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