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Governor scuttles IAS, IPS shows

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 01:32 IST
M Hasan

Efforts on make TVR change mind

THE POLICE Week, to be celebrated from November 23 to 25, appears to have run into rough weather. Governor TV Rajeswar has reportedly scuttled it.

DGP Bua Singh had been making hectic preparations for the function. He even held a meeting on Monday to review the arrangements. Till then, there was no inkling that the Governor would withdraw the permission, which he had granted a fortnight ago. Without his participation, commencement of the week was impossible.

Highly placed sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the Governor sent a message to Bua Singh on Monday evening that he (Governor) was not available for the function. To make last ditch efforts, Singh today visited the Raj Bhawan.

But the Governor reportedly asked him to cancel the programme. However, efforts were on to convince the Governor about the necessity of holding the function.

One of the reasons being attributed to the Governor’s decision, was the annual DGs conference to be held in Delhi from November 22 to 24. Even though the DGP headquarters knew about the conference coinciding with Police Week, it made no effort to change the date. But the conference was a problem of the DGP and not the Governor, argued an ADG. There was also a suggestion that an ADG would attend the Delhi conference. “Inexplicably the DGP is in a tearing hurry to hold the function,” commented the officer. The Police Week was being held for the first time in November. In the past, the week was organized in the months of January and February.

Celebrations of the week begin with a customary police parade, in which the Governor takes salute and later holds dinner for IPS officers. “It is not possible to bypass the event, as it is one of the main components of the week,” pointed out the ADG. “It is a constitutional crisis,” joked a DG level officer.

Whether it was the ongoing “turf war” between Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Governor or the reported “unhappiness” of the Raj Bhawan with the DGP that led to this decision, was a topic of hot debate among officers.

Sources said the Raj Bhawan was unhappy over the presence of Chief Secretary NC Bajpai and DGP Bua Singh at the Samajwadi Party headquarters during a party function. Thus, the “Governor’s unavailability” was largely being seen as a political move in the IPS officers’ circle.