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Oppn slams UP govt over Nagpal suspension, '41 minutes' comment

PTI  Lucknow, August 02, 2013
First Published: 16:03 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:32 IST(4/8/2013)

The Opposition on Friday attacked UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on SP leader Narendra Bhati's claim that he had got IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal suspended, saying the truth behind the suspension has been exposed.

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"On one hand Akhilesh had justified action against IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, on the other his own party leader Narinder Bhati, who enjoys minister rank, claims that he got her transferred," BJP chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said in Lucknow.

Pathak said transferring officers on the recommendation of party leaders is a serious issue and if such things happen, it would dent the morale of the bureaucracy.

"The party had already said that while the government is shielding corrupt officers, it is victimising an honest one and the suspension of Nagpal is a glaring example," he alleged.

The BJP spokesman demanded the report of Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate on the suspension should be made public.


A combination photo of suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal and SP leader Narendra Bhati, who claimed to have gotten her tranferred 'within 41 minutes'.


Meanwhile, taking strong exception to Bhati's comments the BSP demanded chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's resignation on moral grounds.

"The truth has been exposed in the claims of Samajwadi Party leader who is seen bragging that he got the IAS officer suspended in mere 41 minutes," leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and senior BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said.

"The SP leader's claim shows that the chief minister had issued a wrong statement on Friday and so he should own moral responsibility and resign. Either of them is not speaking the truth," Maurya said.

He also called for the governor and Central government to take suo moto notice of the issue. The BSP leader claimed that Nagpal had been suspended under pressure from the mining mafia in the state.

SP leader Narinder Bhati landed in a controversy after a video showed him as claiming that he had got UP IAS officer transferred in "41 minutes".

The claim was made by Bhati while addressing a rally in Gautam Budh Nagar, two days after he denied his involvement in the suspension of the 28-year-old officer.

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday stoutly defended Nagpal's suspension, saying her action to demolish the wall of a religious place had "vitiated" communal harmony.

Facing intense criticism over the suspension of the IAS officer by the UP government on July 27, an unyielding Akhilesh was also at pains to explain there was no connection between sand mining and government's action against her. He termed the action as "valid".


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