Maya gets bad press, UP govt sacks officer
ANOTHERE ONE DOWN: Vijay Shankar Pandey a 1978 UP cadre will be
replaced by Shailesh Krishnan for the additional cabinet secretary's
New Delhi: Mayawati may have survived the bee attack at her maharally
on Monday, but it has stung one of her closest confidantes.
Vijay Shankar Pandey, additional cabinet secretary to Mayawati is
booted out with immediate effect.
Though no official reasons has been given, sources say Pandey has been
made to pay the price for the negative coverage of Mayawati's Monday
Pandey was incharge of the state information department though the
rally had been organised by the BSP yet Mayawati has directed her
anger towards him with TV channels repeatedly showing the images of
her being garlanded by currency notes.
Out of the CM's office, attempts are on in full swing to cool her
tempers. So an FIR has been lodged against unknown persons for the bee
attack at her rally which the UP police now figures out could have led
to a stampede.
the UP police has even consulted horticulture experts on the issue and
is taking the investigations further.
For the moment though, they seem to be banking on the age old saying
that if there is smoke or bees as in this case...there has to be fire
After BSP's Karnataka unit chief YN Sharma's removal for speaking
without permission on the notes controversy, Pandey is the second high
profile casualty of BSP's rally.
The focus though remains on the two garlands, one worth Rs 21 lakh and
the other Rs 18 lakh, both of which are under the IT scanner now.
Vijay Shankar Pandey a 1978 UP Cadre will be replaced by Shailesh
Krishan for the additional cabinet secretary's post.
Meanwhile, sources say Pandey and Cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar
Singh have been at loggerheads for a long time. The incident is being
seen as a victory for Singh.
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