Dehradun: Even before the last vote was cast in Karnaprayag, the 70th constituency that went to polls on Thursday, and much before the exit polls predicted a win for the BJP in the results of the assembly polls that are to be declared Saturday, the bureaucracy in Uttarakhand had started sending feelers to the political bigwigs in the saffron party .
Several senior IAS and IPS officers are trying to either develop a good relation with BJP leaders, or reminding them of the old connections in the hope of landing plum posts if the saffron party comes to power. Some officials, however, are confident that Congress will retain power and have been keeping in touch with the ruling party leaders.
Sources in the state secretariat informed that several senior officials have already met some BJP leaders who are likely to have say in the government if party wins the polls. Well placed sources said that while two top ranking bureaucrats are working hard on reviving their BJP connections, two to three principal secretary rank officials, who were not accorded due importance in Harish Rawat regime, are also in touch with saffron party.
One of the two senior babus recently called upon a former Congress MLA who is now BJP candidate from Garhwal hills. On the other hand, the principal secretary rank officials met another senior BJP leader at his Dehradun house with bouquets. This leader is likely to play an important role if BJP forms government.
A former DM and now an additional secretary met a BJP leader who is contesting from Kumaon and also a former CM who is eyeing the CM’s post. The official is of the firm belief that the BJP is making a comeback he will be able to get posting of his choice.
“Several officers, junior as well as senior, are making regular visits to the houses of political leaders with hopes of getting plum posting and department of their choice,” said an additional secretary in state secretariat requesting not to be named.
Several IPS officials from police headquarters and districts have also been trying their best to get close to the BJP leaders who have been power centres in the past. Sources in the police headquarters informed that some officials, who are betting on saffron party’s victory, have decided to seek central deputation if BJP fails to form government.
However, a sizable section of bureaucrats are maintaining distance from BJP leaders hoping that Rawat will again form government.
“I have doubts that BJP will be able to get majority. Harish Rawat government is likely to return to the power in the state. Nevertheless, I was not inclined to call upon BJP leaders as is being done by others,” said a secretary rank official who is considered to be well connected with BJP leaders in Delhi.