The Election Commission is examining how much money was spent on the helicopter campaign conducted by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The chief electoral officer said that the Congress had lodged a complaint on the huge expenses reportedly incurred on Rao’s chopper tours. Further, a report was sought on the allegation that the TRS candidate from Siddipet, T. Hareesh Rao, campaigned in the teachers’ training camp.
The CEO said that he had also sought a report from the Mahbubnagar district collector on the Congress’ complaint that the Telugu Desam president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, used a public address system at an election meeting in Rajapur village between 10.45 pm and 11.15 pm. Further, the chief electoral officer has asked the Adilabad district collector to submit a report on whether the compound wall of a school was broken down to facilitate the movement of the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, to an election meeting. The EC also asked the Warangal district collector and superintendent of police to explain how permission was given to hold an election meeting in a government premises.
Meanwhile, the EC issued notices to the home minister, K. Jana Reddy, the finance minister, K. Rosaiah, and the major irrigation minister, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, on charges of code violation. They were asked to submit their replies by May 24.