Cong seeks removal of UP Chief Secy, top officials

Congress on Monday demanded immediate removal of controversial UP Chief Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and other senior officials.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2012, 20:52 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Monday demanded immediate
removal of controversial UP Chief Secretary Shashank Shekhar
Singh and other senior officials accusing them of "acting like
arms and eyes" of Mayawati government in the poll-bound state.

The demand was made before the Election Commission by a
Congress delegation led by Digvijay Singh which submitted a
list of 11 officials including names of senior, middle and
junior level officers.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, who was part of the
delegation, said, "These officers are completely subordinated,
intimidated and used as arms and eyes of the ruling party."
Citing examples, he said in two constituencies, the
husbands of female candidates are working as education
officers.

Alleging "total submission of the state machinery to the
ruling party", Singhvi said at the AICC briefing, "they are
are spokespersons of BSP. They are not government servants but
servants of the BSP."

He said, "The Election Commission has heard us patiently.
We are expecting some tough action... at least immediate
transfer."

Congress sources said the names of the Chief Secretary
and another senior officer Fateh Bahadur Singh figured in the
list given to the EC.

The party complained to the EC that Mayawati government
was violating the model code of conduct by "misusing" its
officials to create a "non-level playing field" during the
polls.

PTI