Officers quit to contest elections in Gujarat

The countdown to assembly elections in Gujarat has already begun and now officers from police and civilian administration are quitting their services in the hope of contesting on a ticket from a political party.

R M Patel, principal secretary in Panchayat department who was scheduled to retire this year, has put in his papers to contest from one of the urban constituencies in Ahmedabad, while B D Vaghela, a 1993 batch IPS officer, resigned to contest on a BJP ticket from a tribal belt.  Vaghela is now the Additional Commissioner of Police, Surat. Officials say there are more to follow at the level of district development officer and deputy district officers who want to try their luck in politics rather than continue with their careers in administration and remain subservient to their political bosses.

Speaking to Deccan Herald about his resignation, Vaghela said, “I have not yet thought in which constituency I will contest but from wherever I do I will treat it as a chance to serve the people.” He said that he had given the same reason in his resignation letter. Vaghela felt he could serve people better by being in politics. ACS (Home) S K Nanda confirmed that the department had received Vaghela’s resignation and were yet to decide on it.

This is not the first time that Gujarat will see a flurry of officers in the fray. Prior to this, Commissioner of Police Jaspal Singh went on to become Minister of Civil Supplies in the Keshubhai regime.

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