AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa on Monday asked the Election Commission to "refrain" Tamil Nadu government from appointing retired employees for election duties, saying it would lead to largescale irregularities and malpractices during the next assembly polls.
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, she alleged that the retired employees would be "loyal" to the DMK government and carry out its orders when engaged in election duty.
In order to ensure free and fair elections, the EC should "refrain" government from engaging retired employees, for election work in the forth coming assembly bypolls to Pennagaram and the next assembly polls, she said.
Jayalalithaa said retired government employees would not come under the direct control of the state governor for initiating "disciplinary" action against them in case of their involvement in "irregularities" or "mal-practices" in election work.
She said the staff, once deputed for election work, should be under the control of the President or the Governor.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi recently justified the government's order to appoint retired employees on contract saying it was only a "temporary" arrangement as the process of filling vacancies by Tamil Nadu Public Service commission was taking a long time.