Home Minister R R Patil Friday accepted Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh’s resignation, setting the stage for his immediate entry into politics. Singh is likely to join the BJP and contest the Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.
“I received the letter late on Thursday night and processed it today. Singh has been relieved from the job of police commissioner. The charge has been handed over to Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) Hemant Nagrale,” said Patil, adding he had no information on Singh’s decision to join politics.
Singh declined to give details about his plans to join the BJP or contest elections. Interacting with the media, he said, “I was heeding to my conscience by quitting the Indian Police Service and joining politics.” The 1980 IPS batch officer empanelled for promotion to the rank of Director General of Police and with two years of service left, applied for voluntary retirement and sought to be relieved.
Singh said, “There are some offers but I have not decided yet. Whenever I take a decision, it will be in the public domain and everyone will learn about it. Reports about me joining some particular party are totally baseless.” This is not the first time that Singh has voiced his political ambitions. At an informal discussion some months ago, he had said that he “would not mind” joining politics, and that he believed he would do well in the field.
Deputy leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde said, “Frankly, the matter has not been discussed with the state (BJP) leadership.” A sources in the BJP, however, said, “Singh is likely to join BJP. He may contest from Uttar Pradesh. He had held discussions with BJP president Rajnath Singh and former BJP president Nitin Gadkari.” Gujarat chief minister and prime ministerial candidate of the BJP Narendra Modi is learnt to have sought information about Singh from some leaders in Delhi and Maharashtra. However, the state leadership is learnt to have stated that there was no scope for accommodating Singh in Mumbai or Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections.
Singh told The Indian Express that he had a successful career of 33 years, as well as a satisfactory tenure as Mumbai Police commissioner. “I will now listen to my conscience and do as it tells me to. I wish to work towards building the nation and towards its progress, as well as to promote brotherhood among the people. My priorities after quitting the force will be nation-building and world peace.”
The officer said he did not have any regrets about the fact that he would not become the state’s Director General of Police.
“The most important post in Maharashtra is that of Mumbai Police Commissioner, and I have served that post successfully,” he said, adding that apart from politics he would also devote time to complete the books he had undertaken to write.
On Friday, the first question to the AAP was related to its “anti-national activities”.