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Governor's scuttles police week

The Police Week from November 23 to 25 appears to have run into rough weather, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 18:37 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan

The Police Week from November 23 to 25 appears to have run into rough weather. The Governor TV Rajeswar has reportedly scuttled it.

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

Highly placed sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the Governor sent a message to the DGP on Monday evening that he (Governor) was not available for the function. Bua Singh on Tuesday visited Raj Bhawan to make last ditch efforts to go ahead with the programme. But the Governor reportedly told him to cancel the programme. However even now efforts were on to convince the Governor about the necessity of holding the function. It is learnt that Governor had also asked the IAS officers to cancel the Civil Services Week in December. In civil services week the Raj Bhawan has no direct role except holding dinner for the IAS officers.

One reason attributed to the Governor's decision, was that there was annual DGs conference in Delhi from November 22 to 24. Even though the DGP headquarters knew about the Delhi conference coinciding with police week, no effort was made to change the date. But then "Delhi conference was the DGP's problem and not of the Governor" argued an ADG. There was 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 celebrated for the first time in November. In the past it was held in January-February.

What has shocked the police officers was that the Governor had given written permission to attend the function. Without him the function could not be held as the week begins with customary police parade. The Governor takes salute at the parade and later gives dinner to the IPS officers. This is one of the main components of the police week. "It is not possible to bypass it", pointed out the ADG. "It is constitutional crisis", joked one DG level officer.

Whether it was ongoing "turf war" between the chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Governor or reported "unhappiness" of Raj Bhawan with the DGP that led to this decision is being hotly debated among the officers. Sources said that the Raj Bhawan was unhappy over the presence of the Chief Secretary NC Bajpai and DGP Bua Singh at a recent Samajwadi Party function at the party headquarters. Thus the "Governor's unavailability" is largely being seen as political move in the IPS circle.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 18:37 IST