Following Opposition charge that the two worked as ‘agents' of BSP
The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday transferred Uttar Pradesh DGP Brij Lal and Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur after major Opposition parties accused the two officials of working as “agents” of the ruling BSP.
“Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur and DGP Brij Lal have been transferred from their respective posts,” official sources said here.
Accusing the officials of working as the agents of ruling BSP almost all the major Opposition parties, including the Congress, the BJP and the SP, urged the EC to transfer the two officials.
Welcoming the decision, the Opposition parties said it was necessary for free and fair conduct of elections.
“The party had already demanded of the EC to transfer officials working as the agents of the ruling BSP and it welcomes the order,” BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
Congress spokesman Akhilesh Kumar Singh demanded disciplinary action against the officials charging them with working as BSP workers.
“Merely removing them will not suffice. Disciplinary action should also be taken against them. Besides, there are a number of other officers working as the BSP agents and they should also be removed,” he said.
BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Misra told journalists here that the presence of Mr. Bahadur and Mr. Lal “in these positions had given a sense of security to Dalits and downtrodden that they would be able to exercise their franchise in a free and fair manner in the coming elections”.
“The casteist and imperialist governments had not given the officials of these sections important positions but ever since Mayawati came to power she has given them important postings, which has led to sense of security among these sections”, he said.
“The order to transfer these officials would shatter this sense of security among them,” he said.