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Naqvi qualifies for cabinet post!

Posted on: January 15, 2015

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was on January 13 sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) for violation of Model Code of Conduct promulgated by the Election Commission of India. He, along with others, was found guilty under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 7 of Criminal Law Amendment Act. The case pertained to 2009. All were granted bail immediately.
Naqvi is Minister of State for Minority Affairs at the Centre. Now that he has been found guilty of defying Election Commission’s diktat, he deserves to be promoted as the Cabinet Minister. There are reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not satisfied with the working of Union Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah. Naqvi can be considered as her replacement.
The BJP has a glorious tradition of promoting those, including bureaucrats, who have been defying Election Commission in the interest of the party. At the scrutiny of nomination papers during the 2008 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Minister of State Tukojirao Puar created ruckus in the office of Dewas Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sanjana Jain who was Returning Officer for the Sonkutch (SC) constituency. Phoolchand Verma was the BJP candidate from Sonkutch. Puar had accompanied Verma at the time of the scrutiny.
On a direction of the Election Commission, a criminal case was registered against Puar under Sections 186, 353 and 506 of IPC. As the Sections make it a cognisable offence, Puar was subsequently arrested by the police and lodged in police lock-up till he got bail a few days later. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan later told an election meeting at Dewas (Puar’s constituency) that he was proud of Tukojirao Puar. Not only that, Chouhan elevated Puar to the cabinet rank after the elections.
Chouhan was a member of Lok Sabha when he became chief minister in 2005. S K Mishra was the Collector of Sehore and Returning Officer for Budhni constituency from where Chouhan contested and was elected to the Assembly. Mishra became perhaps the first Returning Officer in the country for being summarily removed by the Election Commission a few days before polling for openly kowtowing to the ruling party candidate, viz. Chouhan.
Once the code of conduct period was over, Chouhan made S K Mishra Collector of much more important Bhopal district and then secretary to the chief minister, sending an unmistakable message to the bureaucracy that he would take care of the officers defying the Election Commission to protect his interests.

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