Amid the ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the alliance partner in the state government, BJP has been seeing a political conspiracy behind the transfer of deputy commissioner Pravin Kumar Thind. The orders for his transfer came earlier this month.
He will be replaced by Bhupinder Singh, director of the state transport. Though, no clear indications have been there as to why an officer, who has only completed six months here, has been transferred, rumours are rife that the local SAD leadership was not held in a high esteem by the officer. BJP district president, however, backs the deputy commissioner openly and questions the motive behind his transfer.
"Not all, but some of the local Akali leaders were not happy with the deputy commissioner and this is the reason behind his sudden transfer. It is a calculated move keeping in view the municipal elections to be held soon," said Satish Goyal, district BJP president.
Local legislator Prem Kumar Mittal and other leaders claimed that it was a routine transfer and the local leadership had nothing to do with it. "It has nothing to do with any political rift or influence. We were very happy with his performance and I am sure none of the local leaders would have any complains about his work," claimed Mittal. A close associate of the Akali Dal of Sardulgarh division, on the condition of anonymity, claims that the issue of arms licence has also led to a huge rift between political workers and the administration.
"The deputy commissioner joined here in Mansa soon after the general elections and took up a few cases of illegal arms licences, which were kept on hold since elections. This, somewhere, deteriorated the relations between the local leadership and the administration." Earlier, it was reported on September 30 by HT that the construction of a new local grain market issue in Budhlada subdivision also led to a tiff between the DC and the local MLA Chatin Singh .
However, the civil society, which looked very satisfied with the DC's performance, blames the politicians for spoiling the whole game. "It has been very unfortunate that every time the district was blessed with a non-partisan and a bold bureaucrat, who didn't bow down to his political masters, he was immediately transferred," said Dr Arjun Singh Sethi, a senior retired doctor. In the last six months, a massive anti-encroachment drive was carried out by the deputy commissioner, which saw the construction of a new roundabout in the city.
The Issues related to traffic congestion were addressed and the contract for railway parking was also given to a party after proper bidding. With such amount of work carried out in the last six months, the local residents are not willing to bid adieu to the deputy commissioner.