The UPA government is using not just governors but also a section of IAS and IPS officers to destabilise us, complained BJP chief ministers at their conclave on Friday.
Led by Narendra Modi of Gujarat, the BJP CMs, who included those of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh, said they saw a pattern in New Delhi’s act of “encouraging” some officers to revolt against them by promising them “protection and rewards.” Governors thwarted BJP governments’ efforts by refusing assent to key bills, they said.
Though it wasn’t clear whether specific names came up for discussion, BJP leaders did have in mind some cases —mostly from Gujarat.
Asked whether it was Modi who had complained the most, BJP spokesperson JP Nadda said it wasn’t just Modi’s view but even other CMs were sensing pressure on some bureaucrats to work against them.
BJP sources, however, say a few instances were discussed. These reportedly included the case of Dr KN Sharma, an IPS officer who had criminal cases against him in Gujarat.
However, he was chosen by New Delhi as additional DG, BPR&D under the home ministry without permission from the state.BJP leaders were told Sanjiv Bhatt, another Gujarat IPS officer, was backed home minister P Chidambaram after he filed an affidavit in the SC against Modi, accusing him of ordering police not to act against Hindu mobs during the 2002 riots. Chidambaram hailed Bhatt’s act as a ‘positive development’.
“Would he have made a similar statement, had the matter been pertaining to a UPA CM?” Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, is said to have asked in the meet.
Chidambaram appeared in the SC as an advocate for Bhatt who, as the ASP, Jamjodhpur, had faced charges in the case of alleged custodial death. Bhatt also faced charges in a case of the police administering electric shocks to an accused and obtained a stay from HC against a warrant in this connection.
Similarly, a former IPS officer RB Sreekumar, who come out against the Gujarat government, was to be rewarded with the post in the Central Information Commission.
LK Advani as the Leader of Opposition had not agreed to this, citing a criminal case against him.