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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, March 11, 2012
The bureaucrats of Lucknow are living in suspense. Who gets preference in the new regime over the key postings remains the key question.

With the law and order front being the toughest challenge for the new government, selection of officials will be a crucial process in the coming days.

Though a number of officials have already met chief minister incumbent Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav after the announcement of poll results on March 6, no final picture has emerged yet about the new team.

“The two leaders have not yet said anything on the subject,” said a senior official.

The process is likely to start moving after the swearing-in on March 15 and the bureaucracy is keeping a close watch on the events.

“After officials are picked for the chief minister’s secretariat and other key posts, the state government may also bring some changes at the district level. The idea is to send a clear message to officials to pay attention to law and order,” said another official.

The new regime’s concern over the law and order situation became obvious when Mulayam Singh Yadav summoned chief secretary Anoop Mishra and DGP Atul and asked them to control the incidents of post-poll violence in some districts.

Speculations, meanwhile, are rife over a change of guard on the post of the chief secretary.

Although no indications have come from senior SP leaders, names of senior officers, including one from the minority community, are doing the rounds in political circles.

BSP won’t contest civic polls
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday decided to opt out of the upcoming elections to the Uttar Pradesh local bodies, fearing attacks by members of the rival Samajwadi Party, which has emerged victorious in the assembly polls. The polls are likely to be held in May.

Addressing a conference of BSP workers, BSP president Mayawati said, “BSP workers were targeted in various parts of the state by SP workers… the safety of life and property of party workers is my main concern.”