Anupama wages Facebook war against Labour Minister

Threatens to expose him; takes potshots at H.D. Kumaraswamy too

June 08, 2016 12:00 am | Updated October 18, 2016 02:18 pm IST - BENGALURU:

Kudligi Deputy Superintendent of Police Anupama Shenoy, whose resignation has created a stir, targeted Ballari district in-charge and Minister of State for Labour P.T. Parameshwar Naik on Tuesday through Facebook posts.

Even as she remained incommunicado, she asked the Minister on Facebook as to when he would resign. Her next post threatened to expose him if he did not resign by evening.

Her post “ CD Beke?... Audio Beke?... ” (Do you want a CD or a audio tape?) with a hashtag #ParameshiPremaPrasanga led to intense speculation in the media through the day as to what sort of evidence the official had against the Minister. By late evening, she posted again saying the evidence would be released by midnight. In another post, she took potshots at former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy too. The official had put out a string of Facebook posts over the past two days, criticising the Siddaramaiah government in a satirical tone.

Om Prakash, Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, said that the official’s resignation letter had reached him and he was “considering it”. He refused to comment on whether he would recommend its acceptance or rejection to the Home Ministry.

Sources in the government said that while there was a proposal to counsel her to reconsider her decision, it had become difficult after the Tuesday’s social media posts targeting a Cabinet Minister.

Naik reacts

Meanwhile, Mr. Naik said that he has no role in Ms. Shenoy’s resignation. Speaking to presspersons near Chikkamagaluru on Tuesday, he said, “I have not put pressure on her. I don’t know what made her resign. Her senior officers, the Superintendent of Police or the Inspector-General of Police, will handle the issue.”

In Bengaluru, Legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa said being a police officer, it is not right on Ms. Shenoy’s part to express her disgruntlement openly in public. “The police officer should have expressed her grievances to senior officers. The government should take disciplinary action against her if she indeed called the Siddaramaiah government Rum Rajya ,” he said.

At Kudligi, verification of the title deeds and other documents of the controversial building coming up adjacent to Ambedkar Bhavan, which was the bone of contention between two communities leading to the resignation of Ms. Shenoy, continued for the second day.

Prior to her resignation, Ms. Shenoy had arrested some people in connection with the construction of the building, which was opposed by a section of the people. Her action was following complaints lodged by Dalit organisations that the construction of the building would block the approach road to Ambedkar Bhavan.

Parameshwar Naik, I have resigned. When will you resign?

Anupama Shenoy,

Facebook post

She should have expressed her grievances to senior officers and not in public

Kagodu Thimmappa,Legislative Assembly Speaker

I don’t know what made her resign. The Superintendent of Police or Inspector-General of Police will handle the issue

P.T. Parameshwar Naik,Minister of State for Labour

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