Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The BJP has complained to President Pratibha Patil against Governor Rameshwar Thakur, accusing him of indiscriminate transfer of officials even after the Election Commission’s announcement of Assembly elections in May.

In a letter to the President, the BJP has asked her to get a report on such transfers and also conduct an inquiry into the alleged “non-administrative intentions” behind them.

Releasing copies of the letter at a press conference here on Monday, BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda said it was wrong to effect large-scale transfer of officials, especially after indications that elections were going to be held soon in the State.

The Governor had transferred 68 IAS, 62 IPS, 80 KAS and 12 IFS officers, 118 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 18 chief engineers, 29 superintending engineers, 96 executive engineers, 183 assistant executive engineers and more than 300 police sub-inspectors so far after President’s Rule in the State, Mr. Gowda said. He alleged that the Governor was acting like a chief minister and had set a bad precedent by effecting large-scale transfers.

Meanwhile, the BJP has decided to submit a memorandum to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on March 26 seeking a direction to the Governor to immediately release compensation for farmers who lost their crops due to heavy rain.

Though the neighbouring States had immediately announced huge compensation to their farmers, Mr. Thakur was yet to respond to the sufferings of farmers, he said.

BJP general secretary and spokesperson S. Suresh Kumar took exception to Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily’s criticism of the BJP chief ministerial candidate B. S. Yeddyurappa.

“Let Mr. Moily try to reform the Congress State unit before reforming the country’s administration and passing criticism at other parties,” he said.