The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Rajiv Kumar, had a video conference with officials from six states, including Karnataka, which is having assembly elections on May 10. Other commissioners from the Election Commission of India also participated in the conference. Officials from Telangana state, including the Chief Secretary and DGP, were present for the conference.
Kumar asked the officials to cooperate to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in Karnataka. He requested Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to take measures to prevent the transportation of money, liquor and drugs from their borders into Karnataka State. He asked them to enforce the model code of conduct strictly and increase patrolling activity. He also asked officials to appoint flying squads and mobile squads for enforcement.
Kumar further requested officials to verify bogus voters and keep a strict vigil on the movement of people from border areas into Karnataka 72 hours before the elections. The Chief Secretary of Telangana, Santhi Kumari, shared the steps taken by the government to prevent illegal activities and promised to cooperate with Karnataka.
The video conference was attended by officials from Telangana including the CEO of Telangana Vikas Raj, GAD secretary Seshadri, home department secretary Jithender, additional DGP Swathi Lakra, and other officials.