Mulayam lashes out at IAS officers for 'playing politics' on SDM issue

Even as the demands to reinstate Durga Shakti Nagpal gained strength, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday accused the IAS officers rallying behind the suspended SDM of indulging in politics.

Nagpal was shunted out as sub divisional magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar for demolishing the wall of an under-construction mosque.

"If action was not taken after the wall of the mosque was demolished, western Uttar Pradesh would have witnessed communal riots," Singh reportedly told the state executive of the party during a closed door meeting.

"But IAS officers are doing politics. If government takes any action, will they oppose it? Do char par karyavahi karna bahut zaroori hai," Mulayam reportedly said in presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and several ministers.

Earlier, on Monday, a delegation of state's IAS Association had met the chief secretary and demanded revocation of Nagpal's suspension. They alleged that she had been suspended without giving a hearing and despite there being no report from the district administration that her action had led to any communal strife.

"Ab ye sarkar ke khilaf khadey ho jayengey?" remarked Mulayam Singh. He was also reportedly unhappy that an issue has been made of illegal sand mining. He asked the SP leaders present at the meeting, especially those from Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar, about any incidents of illegal mining in their respective areas and all answered in negative.

Some leaders complained that officers posted in the CM's Secretariat did not listen to their grievances. Mulayam directed Akhilesh to look into the matter. "If there are complaints that implies that everything is not well at your office. Take it seriously," he reportedly said.

Mulayam also interrupted party general secretary Naresh Aggrawal who said that SP should consider extending support to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. "What are you saying? We are not supporting UPA government. We are against it and you should not make such a statement. We will oppose the Food Security Bill and vote against it in the Parliament," Mulayam reportedly said. The SP chief also asked the MLAs and ministers to ensure the party candidates; victory in next year's Lok Sabha elections. "If you lose your booth and assembly segment, it will become difficult for you to become party candidate next time in the Assembly election. Keep in mind that Mulayam is contesting the election this time," he added. He also targeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. "I was the first to say after Gujarat riots that CM of Gujarat is Manavta Ka Hatyara. I still stick to it. Narendra Modi will have no effect in UP," he added. He also praised the Akhilesh government for fulfilling the promises made in the SP election manifesto.

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