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Media has blown out Durga issue: Azam Khan

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Bareilly, August 08, 2013
First Published: 15:07 IST(8/8/2013) | Last Updated: 02:16 IST(9/8/2013)

Senior Samajwadi Party leader and state urban development minister Azam Khan launched a scathing attack on the media for blowing the issue of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension out of proportion and said the entire system of Civil Services should be abolished as it was a British system.

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Khan, who was on a personal visit to Bareilly on Thursday, said, “The media stretched the thread so much so that it snapped, leaving a junior officer injured. It is the media who has turned Durga into Hindu goddess 'Durgaji' unnecessarily.”

He said there were several cases in which high ranking officers including managing directors and chief engineers got suspended, but “there is not a single line in the newspaper about them.

The media unnecessarily raked up this issue and continued to linger on it.” Khan also said the district magistrate (DM) of Gautam Budha Nagar, should also have been suspended on the very first day.

“It is only his responsibility that the issue occurred. He should have made the chief minister aware of the situation on the very first day of the incident,” he added.

In no mood to cower down, Khan even said the entire system of Civil Services should be abolished as it was a British system. “This is a British system. They had introduced it but they themselves are not using it. Be it China, Europe, America, Japan or the Gulf, this system exists nowhere. Why? Is it only these people (IAS officers) who are just two, three or ten thousand in number who can run the country? Is all the other population of over 125 crore illiterate, incapable or fools? They can also run the country. This system should be abolished,” said Khan.

Hitting out at Congress, Azam said the level of the party has stooped so low that its president Sonia Gandhi was writing a letter for a sub-divisional magistrate.

Regarding reports claiming that UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was in darkness over Nagpal's suspension, Azam blamed the district magistrate of not giving a clear picture to the CM and keeping him ignorant of the real situation.

Attacking BSP, the minister said the party which wants division of the state could make it an issue. Azam also described BJP as a party of dual character.

Khan also slammed the central government over the frequent changing of statements from the defence minister over the killing of Indian soldiers in Kashmir.

“If the Congress can do politics over a petty issue like an SDM’s suspension, their ministers can go to any lengths. They can do even politics on dead soldiers,” said Azam.


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