BUREAUCRATS IN POLITICS

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Ex-DGP's twice-failed tryst with politics: Does he have guts to do it again?

Usually, top cops are known for resolving intricate criminal conspiracy cases, for busting the nexus of corrupts, facing Naxal encounters, and neutralizing terrorist outfits. The Ex-DGP of Bihar was no exception. Yet it proved a tough task for him to understand the complexities and uncertainties of politics and neatly woven plots of politicians. 

People are wondering whether former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey's failed tryst with politics is a case of overconfidence, lack of political intelligence about his preferred Buxar seat going to the BJP quota instead of JD(U), or both.

Pandey's earlier attempt in 2015 at "tryst with politics" had also failed. At that time, since he had resigned, and the resignation was not accepted, so he joined back after withdrawing his resignation letter.

However, this time around, there is no going back.

Unlike in 2015, this time he faces a sort of embarrassment as the BJP has fielded from the Buxar constituency a retired constable who has been working with the party at the grassroots level for more than a decade. It is said that the candidature of Parshuram Chaturvedi, son of four-time Congress MLA Jagat Lal Chaturvedi, had the strong backing of Ashwini Chaubey, whom Pandey never cultivated.

It is not only Chaturvedi who has trumped Pandey. Another retired DG (home guards) Sunil Kumar, who had lost the DGP race to Pandey, has settled his old score by securing a JD(U) ticket from Bhore.

Pandey can still fulfill his political ambition - by nursing a constituency till the next opportune time. Does he have the guts to do it?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

11 Oct 2020
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Ex-DGP's twice-failed tryst with politics: Does he have guts to do it again?

By Rakesh Ranjan 11 Oct 2020

Usually, top cops are known for resolving intricate criminal conspiracy cases, for busting the nexus of corrupts, facing Naxal encounters, and neutralizing terrorist outfits. The Ex-DGP of Bihar was no exception. Yet it proved a tough task for him to understand the complexities and uncertainties of politics and neatly woven plots of politicians. 

People are wondering whether former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey's failed tryst with politics is a case of overconfidence, lack of political intelligence about his preferred Buxar seat going to the BJP quota instead of JD(U), or both.

Pandey's earlier attempt in 2015 at "tryst with politics" had also failed. At that time, since he had resigned, and the resignation was not accepted, so he joined back after withdrawing his resignation letter.

However, this time around, there is no going back.

Unlike in 2015, this time he faces a sort of embarrassment as the BJP has fielded from the Buxar constituency a retired constable who has been working with the party at the grassroots level for more than a decade. It is said that the candidature of Parshuram Chaturvedi, son of four-time Congress MLA Jagat Lal Chaturvedi, had the strong backing of Ashwini Chaubey, whom Pandey never cultivated.

It is not only Chaturvedi who has trumped Pandey. Another retired DG (home guards) Sunil Kumar, who had lost the DGP race to Pandey, has settled his old score by securing a JD(U) ticket from Bhore.

Pandey can still fulfill his political ambition - by nursing a constituency till the next opportune time. Does he have the guts to do it?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Bihar DGP takes VRS to contest Assembly Elections; Singhal is interim DGP

By IndianMandarins 23 Sep 2020

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey (IPS:1987:BH), took voluntary retirement from service on Tuesday evening; five months ahead of his retirement scheduled in February 2021. September 22, was his last working day.

Following Pandey’s VRS Sanjiv Kumar Singhal (IPS:1988:BH), Director General of Homeguard and Fire Services has been given additional charge of the DGP.

Not surprising, exempting him from the mandatory three-month notice-period against VRS Bihar Government accepted his VRS request with immediate effect. This is something which was evident from Pandey’s media statements in the backdrop of SSR death case.

Pandey had earlier taken premature retirement to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. He reportedly wished to contest from the Buxar Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket however it did not materialize back then.

It is believed that in all probability he will contest Assembly Elections as a ruling NDA candidate from Buxar constituency.

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'Modi fan' IPS officer takes a leap of faith in politics

By IndianMandarins 26 Aug 2020

Young IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy (IPS:2011:KN) on Tuesday evening joined the ruling party in Delhi in the presence of P Muralidhar Rao and L Murugan, BJP's National General Secretary and Tamil Nadu State chief, respectively. The IPS officer's move is a continuation of the trend of civil servants joining the NDA before one election or the other.

Since TN legislative election is due in May 2021, one could expect more civil servants to join the BJP where the party is focusing on demolishing the dilapidated and crumbling structure of Dravidian politics that derives its sustenance from the fake narrative of Aryan Vs Dravidian built by East India Company's scoundrel Christian missionary Robert Caldwell and his political scions Periyar and others including DMK Stalin.

Declaring himself as a big fan of PM Narendra Modi, Kuppusamy said BJP is the only party that inspires him.

Although he had resigned from the IPS last year, he took the political plunge yesterday - finally and formally. His entry in the BJP might have already sent shock waves through the dynastic DMK that may be fighting possibly an existential battle in 2021. Since Kuppusamy belongs to an influential and numerically strong community in TN, the dynastic DMK could suffer huge erosion in its support base. 

Kuppusamy is a professionally qualified engineer and also holds an MBA degree from IIM-Lucknow. He is also reputed as a scholar of Islam - the knowledge he has used to fight Islamist terror.

“He (Modi Ji) shows me that a common man can aspire to reach the top and achieve the goal of his life. And for achieving one's destiny, the PM's life has shown that one does not need to belong to a dynasty.”

He asserted that he joined the civil service “to remain connected with people” and finally took a plunge in politics to remain connected with people.

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Will a top official of a constitutional body resign?

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2019

If top sources are to be believed a top bureaucrat holding a constitutional position in a top constitutional body may resign. It is learnt that the NaMo administration has probably identified the heir-apparent as well. 

 

 

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A former IAS may join saffron brigade in Bengal?

By IndianMandarins 24 Sep 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that a former IAS officer belonging to West Bengal cadre is all set to take a plunge in politics. The former 1983 batch IAS retired from the service recently. 

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Ret. AP IAS officers come to aid of serving colleagues against CBN

By IndianMandarins 17 Apr 2019

Retired IAS officers of united AP have objected to the reported scurrilous statement and “intemperate remarks” made by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu against the Chief Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer of the State.

 

In a petition, signed by as many as 34 retired IAS officers of united Andhra Pradesh, to Governor ESL Narasimhan, veteran officers said that in matters relating to the conduct of elections, such behavior and utterances as those of CBN sought to damage the credibility of the highest officials in the bureaucracy and in the process also harmed the image of the head of the government. Such behavior would also challenge the legitimate authority of the Election Commission of India.

 

The petition was submitted to the Governor at Raj Bhavan by a delegation of 12 retired officials, led by former chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust T. Gopala Rao, on Tuesday. The senior-most among the signatories is C. S. Rangachari IAS of 1958 batch.

 

The officers urged the Governor as the Head of the State to take necessary action so that such attempts to “publicly belittle and humiliate” senior officials of the State would not recur.

 

The delegation, later speaking to media, said that it was Chief Election Commissioner who appointed the senior-most IAS officers from a panel of three names given by the AP government when the Commission decided to change existing Chief Secretary Anil Punetha. L.V. Subramanyam was appointed by the Election Commission for the free and impartial conduct of elections in the State.

 

But Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu referred to Subramanyam as the co-accused along with a political leader. In the combined State, a number of officers were victimized and false cases foisted on them for political reasons. Further, the High Court had quashed the FIR filed against Subramanyam and he was free of any charges. Yet it was highly inappropriate for the Chief Minister to refer to the Chief Secretary as a co-accused in a case.

 

CBN's “intimidating behavior” with Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Gopalkrishna Dwivedi was unbecoming of a public figure and it amounted to undermining the dignity of the IAS officers and to muzzle the democracy, Gopal Rao said.

 

Asked if they would also take up the alleged humiliation of IAS officers in Telangana, Gopal Rao said they have their own assessment about the situation in Telangana but the purpose of meeting the Governor was to draw his attention to undermining the dignity of Chief Secretary appointed by the Election Commission.

 

Former chief secretary of AP IYR. Krishna Rao said that serving officers would have limitations in reacting. “So as retired officers, we wanted to highlight this issue so that people would come to know of the facts.”

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Former K’taka CS Ratna joins BJP

By IndianMandarins 04 Apr 2019

Former Karnataka Chief Secretary K. Ratna Prabha joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a public rally in Kalaburagi on Wednesday.


At a presser, she said “I had decided to serve the people after my retirement and politics is a good way for it. I am happy to join the party in the Hyderabad Karnataka region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing good work. He is working round the clock for people. The successful Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has benefited the women.” She added that she had not demanded any position in the party.

BJP State unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa welcomed her to the party in the presence of state leaders Malikayya Guttedar, Baburao Chinchanasur, Doddappagouda Patil Naribol, B.G. Patil, N. Ravikumar, Dattatreya Patil Revoor, Basavaraj Mattimud, Ambaraya Ashtagi, and other party leaders.


The 1981 batch IAS officer had retired from the service in March 2018. She had served as Regional Commissioner (Gulbarga Division) between 2011 and 2012. She was known for launching the literacy campaign in a big way as a pilot project in Raichur when she was Deputy Commissioner there in 1991. Earlier, she had served as Assistant Commissioner in Bidar. She hails from a Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh.

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