Peeved at the pre-poll transfer of officials by the Election Commission, Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi on Tuesday slammed its actions, including 'unilateral' shift of the DGP and district officials and vehicle searches to detect unaccounted cash.
Flaying the EC for the second time since the election schedule for Tamil Nadu Assembly poll was announced, he said 'honest' police officials and district collectors were transferred just because of AIADMK's complaints.
The EC did not even bother to consult the state government on the transfers, he said three days after six IPS officers, including DGP Letika Saran, ADGP (Intelligence) Jaffer Sait and Suburban Commissioner of Police S R Jangid, and four district collectors were ordered to be shifted by the EC.
Referring to vehicle checks by flying squads which have yielded crores of unaccounted money so far, Karunanidhi alleged the action had totally crippled trade as cash was seized on the plea that no proper documents were produced.
So far, no politician had been caught during the searches, he said.
The Commission had also "banned display" of statues of leaders and instructed the authorities to keep them under cover till April 13, he said.
"We cannot understand the reasons behind the EC's action. When the political parties asked for the postponment of voting, the EC said no. Why is there a gap of one month from the date of polling and counting?' he said.
Soon after the schedule was announced, Karunanidhi had questioned the long gap between polling and counting dates.