New Delhi: After serving 27 years in Indian Police Service, IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt has now been finally removed from service today. He was suspended in 2011, during which time he was posted in Junagarh, where he reportedly remained absent from his duty and that too without permission. In addition, it was also stated that he misused the official vehicle.
If speculations are to be believed, the officer has been sacked only because he went against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the time of 2002 riots. Sanjiv Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court blaming Modi for instructing the officers during the post-Godhra riots to allow Hindus to express their anger.
This can be a possible reason behind this sacking as only last month; CBI raided a human rights activist, Teesta Setalvad’s house. She has been trying to prove that how Modi is responsible for the killings of over 1000 people at the time of Gujarat riots.
There can be multiple reasons behind this move though. Only few days before sacking him, he was served with a notice owing to a video clip highlighting his alleged relationship with an unknown woman. Though he kept denying the charges and insisted that the person in the video clip isn’t him.
With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.
According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.
“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.
“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.
He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.
“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.
Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.
“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.
The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.
The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.
Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)