IAS OFFICERS IN POLITICS

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J&K calling: J&K LG invites Gujarati business-world

“Gujarati businessmen are successful worldwide and they should also explore the vast investment opportunities in Jammu & Kashmir.” This is what the former IAS officer and Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu, on Monday, said while inviting Gujarati entrepreneurs to invest in the newly-created Union Territory. He was addressing businessmen at a roadshow in Ahmedabad ahead of the J&K Global Investors’ Summit which will be held in April this year. Five such roadshows have already been held in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

According to the existing industrial policy, no businesses can own land in J&K but the new policy in the making is expected to change the business landscape.

While inviting he underlined that several old entry barriers had been removed. Reportedly, several top Gujarati business houses namely; Amul, Adani, Suzlon, Rasna, Cadila, Ambuja Group, Abellon Clean Energy and many others participated in the interaction with the LG.

10 Mar 2020
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A former IAS may join saffron brigade in Bengal?

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. 

24 Sep 2019
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J&K calling: J&K LG invites Gujarati business-world

By IndianMandarins 10 Mar 2020

“Gujarati businessmen are successful worldwide and they should also explore the vast investment opportunities in Jammu & Kashmir.” This is what the former IAS officer and Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu, on Monday, said while inviting Gujarati entrepreneurs to invest in the newly-created Union Territory. He was addressing businessmen at a roadshow in Ahmedabad ahead of the J&K Global Investors’ Summit which will be held in April this year. Five such roadshows have already been held in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

According to the existing industrial policy, no businesses can own land in J&K but the new policy in the making is expected to change the business landscape.

While inviting he underlined that several old entry barriers had been removed. Reportedly, several top Gujarati business houses namely; Amul, Adani, Suzlon, Rasna, Cadila, Ambuja Group, Abellon Clean Energy and many others participated in the interaction with the LG.

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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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Former IAS officer fielded for RS polls: BJP-BJD stump Congress

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

The turn of events in Orissa politics has stumped the Congress Party and paved the ground for its complete destruction in the state. Take the case of Odisha Rajya Sabha polls. Both the BJP and the BJD reached an understanding. Following this understanding, BJP announced the candidature of former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnav who had worked in the Vajpayee PMO as the late PM's private secretary.


Shortly after the BJP named the ex-bureaucrat as its candidate for the July 5 Rajya Sabha bypolls, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik announced his party's support to Vaishnav.


Vaishnav has enjoyed cordial relations with Patnaik, whose Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was an ally of the BJP during the Vajpayee era.


Patnaik himself had served as a minister in the Vajpayee government before he became the chief minister of Odisha in 2000.


The BJP-BJD understanding will not only deny any Congressman to win a RS seat from Odisha but may also compel its assembly members to switch sides.

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Prabha questions Dalit credentials of JD(S)-Cong Govt

By IndianMandarins 15 Apr 2019

Former chief secretary of Karnataka, K Ratna Prabha, being a Dalit herself, has turned the table on Congress' pro-Dalit assertion.

 

Having joined the Karnataka BJP in a surprise move and preparing herself to participate in any election on behalf of her party BJP, she has raised questions that may greatly embarrass the current ruling JD(S)-Congress campaign.

 

At a presser, she said: "The previous government had taken up the issue of implementation of Justice Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservations for scheduled castes and tribes, but it was dropped as the election was approaching. A committee needs to be formed to have clarity over the contents of this report."

 

About comments made by minister Priyank Kharge, son of Kalaburagi Lok Saha candidate and Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge, about her alleged mistakes during her tenure in the office, she said Kharge could have taken action against her if she had erred when in service. "Being a cabinet member, it was his duty to act against me as soon some mistake was committed. Was he asleep then," she wanted to know?

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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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Ret. IAS Guru to contest LS from Punjab

By IndianMandarins 03 Apr 2019

Retired IAS officer Darbara Singh Guru will contest as a SAD- Badal candidate LS candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve) parliamentary seat.

 

Guru had unsuccessfully contested the 2012 and 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections from Bhadaur and Bassi Pathana seats respectively. He is hoping to be third time lucky.

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UP: Civil Servants throw their hats in political ring

By IndianMandarins 01 Apr 2019

After marking their indelible presence in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, Gonda, and other districts during their service period, a number of former civil servants including police officers have decided to test their political fortune by contesting the 2019 LS Polls.

 

Former Union Secretary Vijay Shankar Pandey (Retd IAS:1979: UP) who once served in Ayodhya as DM will contest from this LS seat as his own Lok Gathbandhan Party (LGP) candidate. He served as Faizabad DM immediately after the disputed structure’s demolition during the Ram Mandir agitation in 1992.

 

Former IPS officer Kush Saurabh will contest from Bansgaon seat as a Congress candidate. He has served in many districts of the Purvanchal region during his service period.

 

Ram Bahadur, formerly Gonda DM, is also trying his luck as the Nagrikta Ekta Party candidate from Gonda after the seat went to the SP as part of the BSP-SP alliance. He contested the 2014 polls as the BSP candidate from Mohanlalganj seat but lost.

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Four serving civil servants keen on contesting Barmer LS seat

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2019

Four civil servants are keen on contesting from Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha seat after the previous BJP MP Colonel Sona Ram vacated it last year to participate in the state assembly election.

 

IAS officer Lalit K Panwar, Mahendra Singh Choudhary, inspector general of police at Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SR Jangid and chief engineer at Indian railways NR Choudhary are all seeking a BJP ticket for the Barmer LS seat.

 

A 1979-batch IAS official, Lalit K Panwar is vice-chancellor at Rajasthan Skill University. He is a former chairman of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission and a former secretary of the ministry of tourism and minority affairs at the Centre. Panwar is a native of Jasol town in Barmer. The Vasundhara Raje administration had appointed him a special officer in Barmer during the 2006 floods that killed 104 people.

 

Caste equations are said to favor Panwar in the Barmer seat. He belongs to the SC community, which constitutes 25-30% (including ST) of the voters. He is seen enjoying a good rapport with other communities, including other backward castes (OBCS).

 

Mahendra Singh Choudhary, inspector general of police at Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), who is also vying for the Barmer seat, also - Panwar - hails from Barmer. Choudhary’s name was in the fray for the assembly elections last year. He belongs to the Jat community that has 25% of the constituency votes.

 

Sangaram Jangid, another native of Barmer, is director general of police (DGP) and chief vigilance officer at Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Chennai. Jangid has been active in Barmer, taking part in social programs. His supporters are running a social media campaign for his candidature from the Barmer seat. Jangid has met community leaders of Barmer to explore his possibilities.

 

NR Choudhary is another name in the fray from the Jat community. A senior official in Indian Railways, Choudhary belongs to Barmer. He sought a BJP ticket for the 2014 general elections as well as the 2018 state assembly elections but did not get one. Choudhary is now seeking a ticket for this election.

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