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DM's letter to Mayawati seeking ticket:UP to probe genuineness

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Sep 14 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today announced punitive action against the bureaucrat who wrote a letter to BSP chief Mayawati seeking ticket for the coming assembly polls, if the letter was found genuine.

State parliamentary affairs minister Md Azam Khan told the state legislative assembly that action would be taken against district magistrate (Banda) Prabhudayal Srivas, if the letter was found to be genuine. First the government would probe whether the letter reportedly written by him is genuine or not, he added.

The issue was raised in the house during Zero Hour by the leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon (BJP), who said the letter was against the basic principles of impartiality expected by the bureaucracy. He said the DM had also sidelined the service rule and norms.

The copy of the letter was distributed by the BJP to scribes covering the proceedings.

The letter is being seen as a gross violation of service conduct rules and a breach of bureaucratic decorum. The serving IAS officer has not only sought a ticket for the coming assembly elections from the BSP, but has also unwittingly exposed bureaucrat-politician relationships in UP.

In the letter written to Mayawati, Srivas has requested the former chief minister to give him an assembly ticket from Nareni or Konch segments in Bundelkhand region in the coming assembly polls.

''I am retiring from service in February 2007 and I want to contest the elections. I have already contacted Mr Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Mr Babu Singh Khushwaha (both former BSP ministers) and have given them arthik sahyog (financial cooperation) as directed by you. In future too, I will be ready to extend financial cooperation as per your directives,'' Srivas said in the letter, which is dated August 16, 2006 and has been sent on his official letterhead.

The letter begins with ''Saadar charan vandana'' and is marked param gopniya or most confidential.

The IAS officer informed Ms Mayawati that he was a native of village Girwa in Banda district, although he had mentioned Hamirpur as his birthplace in official records. The officer clarifies he has received his primary education in Banda and all his close relatives live in the district.

Under service rules, IAS officers are not to be posted in their native districts, but as obvious Srivas had given incorrect information in order to get posted in his own district.

''Aapke purane sevak Vishambhar Prasad Nishad ki kripa se mujhe apne grih janpad Banda mein zila-adhikari ke pad par niyukta kiya gaya hai. Dhan to bahut kharch hua par safalta mil gayi.'' (Your old faithful Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (now a Samajwadi Party minister), has helped me get posted as district magistrate of Banda. I had to spend a lot of money, but was successful in the end.) A 1973 batch Provincial Civil Service officer who was promoted to the IAS cadre in 2005, Srivas told Mayawati that Samajwadi Party minister Vishambhar Prasad Nishad was ready to contest the assembly elections from Tindwari Assembly segment on a BSP ticket.

''On your directive, Mr Nishad has already ensured the defeat of the SP candidate and the victory of the BSP candidate in the block pramukh elections,'' he claimed.

Meanwhile, BSP termed the letter as an attempt to defame the party leadership and the bureaucrat. ''No such letter has been written,'' they claimed.

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