Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Keshav Chandra told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday that the Chief Secretary was expected to file a response to the complaint soon.

"We have already sent them a copy of the complaint and sought a response," Chandra said.

The complaint filed by the Congress alleges that Joint Secretary in the Chief Minister's Office, Siddharth Kunkolienkar, and Giriraj Pai Vernekar, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister, both of whose salaries were paid through the state exchequer were violating the Model Code of Conduct by campaigning for the BJP.

"They have been appointed as Officers on Special Duty (OSD) and given these designations in the CMO. They are drawing a salary from the state exchequer, which is public money. They cannot be allowed to campaign for a political party during code of conduct," said Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat.


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