Sivaganga, Tamilnadu, Apr 10 UNI | 3 months ago

'Top, retired bureaucrats and police officials joining politics and seeking election will be a dangerous trend,' Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said today.

Talking to newsmen on the sidelines of an election campaign at Karaikkudi near here last evening, he said, 'Their entry into electoral politics could be right as per our Constitution, but it will set a dangerous trend as they had access to the country's secrets and were bound to maintain them.'

A person who had served as Home Secretary would have known many secrets, which even ministers might not know. Similarly, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence chiefs would have known the country's secrets. Hence, 'We need to find a way out to prevent this trend', he added.

Referring to the Election Commission's (EC) rule that expenditure during campaigning by political party leaders and star campaigners would be added to the expenditure of candidates, Mr Chidambaram said though the Chief Electoral Officer had stated that the rule was in force all these years, but it seemed to have come to light only now and that too only in Tamil Nadu.

He said no other state seemed to have enforced such rule and hoped that the EC would review the rule and take a good decision.

Mr Chidambaram's remarks against retired bureaucrats and top police officials entering into electoral politics comes in the wake of former Army Chief Gen V K Singh joining the BJP and former state Directors General of Police A X Alexander and R Nataraj joining the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)