Andhra Pradesh CEO Is Spreading Misinformation: Chandrababu Naidu Writes To Election Commissioner
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused the Election Commission of usurping the powers of his government and preventing it from discharging its duties.
Naidu said the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Andhra Pradesh had reportedly told the media that the chief minister does not have the power to conduct review meetings as the model code of conduct is in force.
The CEO has also directed the ADG (Intelligence) not to report to the chief minister, Naidu alleged.
"There's no such provision in the model code of conduct... I am duty bound and empowered to conduct review meetings. The CEO is spreading misinformation and exceeding his jurisdiction," Naidu alleged in the letter.
"He has also instructed the ADG (Intelligence), who works directly under the control of the chief minister, not to report to the CM," the letter read.
Accusing the EC of discriminating against him, Naidu asked if the poll panel has also directed the Intelligence Bureau Director and the National Security Advisor not to meet and brief the prime minister.