BJP to register unhappiness over transfer issue with EC

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Ahmedabad, Oct 17 (UNI) Gujarat BJP General Secretary Vijay Roopani today said a party delegation will soon meet the Election Commission to register its unhappiness over the EC directive to the state government to immediately transfer eight senior IPS and IAS officers, including Director General of Police P C Pande.

Mr Roopani, talking to newspersons here today said the appointment of the IPS and IAS officers is the prerogative of the state government and the Election Commission should not suggest measures in breach of that prerogative.

The Election Commission, in an order on October 15, had also directed the state government not to assign any election-related responsibilities upon these eight officers because of their doubtful roles in the post-Godhra riots and last Assembly elections.

Mr Roopani said the BJP respects the Election Commission and the Code of Conduct, but, the Commission must take cognisance of the fact that administrative responsibilities rest with the state government.

To a question, Mr Roopani denied that the party was contemplating to move to the court against the Commission's directive. He, however, hinted that someone could file a public interest litigation.

He said the Commission's directive has sent wrong signals to the common people, as it questions the dutifulness of these officers.

Apart from Mr Pandey, the Election Commission has directed the Gujarat government to transfer Ahmedabad City Police Commissioner J Mahapatra, Deputy Inspector General (Border Range) I M Desai, Superintendent of Police (Patan District) J N Rajgor, Superintendent of Police (Rajkot District) N D Solanki, Superintendent of Police (Tapi District) S K Gadhavi, Valsad Collector D H Brahmbhatt and Gandhinagar Collector Sonal Mishra.


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