UPA trying to destabilise Gujarat govt: Modi to PM

Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 22:55

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
complaining against Home Minister P Chidambaram`s comment on
the issue of IPS officers, alleging that the UPA government is
trying to destabilise his government.



"Congress-led UPA government is trying to destabilise the
democratically elected government of the state of Gujarat,"
Modi said in the letter written to the Prime Minister.
"Home Minister`s (P Chidambaram) comments made yesterday
were aimed at promoting indiscipline in the police force of
the state," Modi said.



Modi has sought the prime minister`s intervention in the
matter, saying that those who are making such comments should
be told not to do so.



His letter to the prime minister comes after
Chidambaram`s remark yesterday that the Centre could intervene
on the issue of IPS officers of Gujarat if the affected
officers want so.



"Rules do provide for central government to take certain
decisions at certain stages but that stage has to be invoked
by officer concerned. If officer concerned invokes the rule,
certainly we will look into it," the Home Minister said.
The Gujarat government has suspended IPS officers Sanjiv
Bhatt and charge sheeted another senior officer Rahul Sharma
who have spoken against it over the 2002 riots.



"The relationship and power structure between the Centre
and the state have been clearly demarcated, which are being
violated by such statements. Such blatant remarks by the Home
Minister will create deep crisis in the federal fabric of the
nation," Modi said in the letter.



"Apart from the Home Minister, many other ministers have
also commented on the issues on similar lines," he pointed
out.



"Regarding the Home Minister`s comment, I would like to
draw your attention that the All India Services Rules are very
clear about the issue," the Gujarat chief minister said.



"These police officials come in state cadre and their
affairs are concerned with the state government. As per the
all India service rules, the state government has right to
take actions like suspension, departmental inquires and
punitive actions against erring officials," Modi asserted.



This right (of taking actions against IPS officers)
has been given to the state government under the federal
structure by the All India Service Rules, he wrote.



Neither the central government nor any other authority
can subvert this right of the state government, Modi pointed
out.



"The service rules also provide that such officers can
approach Central Administrative Tribunal, High Court or
Supreme Court," Modi further said.



"Regarding the concerned officials (Bhatt and Sharma),
preliminary enquiries were conducted, and they were given
enough time to explain their acts of indiscipline as per
administrative rules.



"Senior police officials are expected to maintain high
standards when they are entrusted with responsibility of
maintaining discipline in the society. It is surprising that
Centre is favouring an official (Bhatt) who was absent for the
last 10 months," Modi wrote in the letter.



It should be an issue of concern for the entire country
that central government is coming in support of officials who
have committed indiscipline and breaking rules, the chief
minister said.



"In other words it means that they (IPS officers) are
being encouraged for political activity by the Centre."



Modi has requested the Prime Minister to intervene in
the matter for a healthy relationship between the state and
the centre and to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.



IPS officer Bhatt, who has alleged Modi`s complicity
in the post-Godhra riots, was suspended on August 8 for "acts
of indiscipline".



The Gujarat government today charge sheeted another
senior officer Rahul Sharma for alleged misconduct in not
submitting the original CDs containing mobile phone call
records related to the 2002 communal riots to investigating
officers.



PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 22:55

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