Bureaucrats acting as BSP spokesperson: Oppn
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Last Updated: Friday, June 24, 2011, 22:04
Lucknow: Taking exception to UP Principal Secretary announcing the suspension of a BSP MLA from party, opposition parties on Friday alleged that senior bureaucrats were acting as "spokesmen" for the ruling party and demanded stern action them for "flouting service rules".

Referring to the Principal Secretary, Home, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur's statement on suspension of BSP MLA Shanawaz Rana in connection with a rape bid case in Muzaffarnagar, Congress spokesman Subodh Srivasatava said that announcements regarding party affairs by an IAS officer is an open violation of service rules for government officials .

"Only recently cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh had criticised the Prime Minister at a press conference," Srivasatava said, adding that Chief Minister Mayawati "forces her officials to face tricky questions from the media and they cross all limits in order to please her".

The Samajwadi Party said that such officials have undermined the dignity of bureaucracy and action must be taken against them for their "misconduct".

"Bureaucrats who act as partymen are the only ones who have survived in this government and have remained in powerful positions in the past four years of Mayawati government," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said that before Fateh Bahadur, the cabinet secretary had often made announcements related to party affairs such as the suspension of Banda MLA Purshottam Dwivedi from the BSP.

"Such an act shows the deterioration of standards in the bureaucracy and its politicisation by leaders like Mayawati," Pathak said.

Earlier today, Fateh Bahadur had at a press conference announced Chief Minister Maywati's decision to suspend BSP MLA from Bijnore Shahnawaz Rana from the party.

"Ms. Mayawati has also directed that Rana should not be invited and allowed to enter in any of the party functions" the Home Secretary had stated.

Action against Rana has come following the arrest of his and his wife's security aides in Muzaffarnagar for rape bid on two Delhi girls.


First Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 22:04

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