Centre should not interfere in state affairs: BJP
A BJP member from Gujarat on Monday alleged in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was interfering in the affairs of the state.
New Delhi: A BJP member from Gujarat on Monday alleged in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was interfering in the affairs of the state in the context of action taken against some IPS officers and asked it to refrain from it to preserve the sanctity of federalism.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Kirit Solanki (BJP) referred to disciplinary action initiated against some police officers by the state government recently.
He alleged that the Centre was interfering in the matter which was a serious thing. "I request the Centre not to tamper with the federal structure. The Centre should not interfere in state`s matters," he said, insisting that the federal character of the country should be respected.
There were some protests from Congress members.
Gujarat government recently took "disciplinary" action against two IPS officers, which included suspension of Inspector General-rank officer Sanjiv Bhatt for his alleged
unauthorised absence and some other charges.
Subsequently, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Centre can intervene if the affected officers approach it, triggering a political slugfest with BJP hitting back asking the Centre not to play "big brother".