Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ordered suspension of two senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and transferred over 100 bureaucrats within hours of assuming the office on Sunday.
Satish Chandra Agarwal, former principal public works secretary, and BB Singh, vice chairman of the Lucknow Development Authority, were punished for failing to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of the Ambedkar Park, created by Mayawati during her second last stint as chief minister in 1997.
Even though officials got down to refurbishing Ambedkar park ever since Mayawati's return to power became imminent, it did not seem to impress the new chief minister who visited the site shortly after assuming office Sunday afternoon. The punitive action followed thereafter.
Later, no sooner than she settled down in office, Mayawati ordered large scale reshuffling of IAS and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
As many as 64 IPS officers, including several district police chiefs and others holding key assignments, were given marching orders from their existing posts.
Besides, more than 35 officers belonging to the elite IAS were shifted in the shake-up.
Among the key changes was the elevation of Sheshank Shekhar Singh as the state's cabinet secretary. Singh during the erstwhile Mulayam Singh Yadav regime had refused to become an approver in the Taj corridor scam in which Mayawati was facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.
The other important appointments were made in the chief minister's personal secretariat, where VK Sharma and Shailesh Krishna were appointed as principal secretaries. Besides, Rohit Nandan, Anoop Pandey, NS Ravi, Navneet Sehgal and Jagdish Rai were named as secretaries.
Chief secretary Shambhoo Nath and state Director General of Police GL Sharma, both of whom were appointed by the Election Commission to ensure free and fair assembly polls, had remained untouched so far.