Major Congressional Government Decision Before Code of Conduct Removes Punjab’s DGP from Office


Amritsar: Just hours before the code of conduct for the legislative elections in Punjab, the state congressional government replaced DGP (Director General of Police) Siddharth Chattopadhyay and appointed VK Bhavra as the new DGP. You might as well say that even in the case of PM Modi’s security breach, questions were raised about the DGP. In fact, even before the state’s electoral code of conduct came into effect, the government of Punjab had sent the names of IPS agents to the UPSC panel.

Among these, VK Bhavra became the new DGP. VK Bhavra is a batch IPS officer from 1987. He was also Chief of Vigilance. Indeed, with the change of CM in the Punjab, Dinkar Gupta, a close collaborator of Captain Amarinder Singh, had learned that he would be dismissed from his post as DGP, which is why he had gone on leave. After that, IPS Sahota received additional fee as the first functional DGP, but after pressure from Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Channi government bowed and made Sidhu’s special IPS Siddharth Chattopadhyay the DGP.

Siddharth Chattopadhyay’s name was not included in the three names approved by the state government, which were sent to UPSC by the state government, therefore, a few hours before the code of conduct, the congressional government rushed to VK Bhanra. The new Punjabi DGP has been created. Had the Punjab government not decided on the name of the DGP before the implementation of the Code of Conduct, the Election Commission would have lost the right to appoint a DGP.

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