Media has glorified Durga Shakti Nagpal as 'Durgaji': UP Minister Azam Khan

Azam KhanAzam Khan blamed the media for the hype surrounding Durga Shakti Nagpal and said there is no basis for it as other suspensions are not reported (Express photo)

Accusing the media of glorifying suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal as "Durgaji", senior Uttar Pradesh minister Mohammed Azam Khan said her fame was only because of this particular case being highlighted over many others in which suspensions went unnoticed.

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"The media has projected Durga as 'Durgaji'. Otherwise, in such cases, officers from the level of managing director (MD) to chief engineer get suspended and not even a single line is published", Azam said on Wednesday, who was at Barielly on a private visit.

The minister said the issue of Nagpal's suspension has been blown out of proportion by the television news media and added that there would have been no dispute if the district magistrate had also been suspended.

On being asked about the statements made by Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders on running the state without IAS officers, he said the number of such officers would be 1,000 to 2,000, but the country was of 125 crore people. "Can't other people run the country?" he asked in reply.

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He also said that the civil service system in the country should be done away with as it was given by the Britishers and does not even exist even in their own country.

Hitting out at Congress, Azam said the level of the party has stooped so low that its president Sonia Gandhi was writing a letter for a sub-divisional magistrate.

Regarding reports claiming that UP Chief Minister (CM) Akhilesh Yadav was in darkness over Nagpal's suspension, Azam blamed the district magistrate of not giving a clear picture to the CM and keeping him ignorant of the real situation.

Attacking Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the minister said the party which wants division of the state could make it an issue. Azam also described Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a party of dual character.

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