AFTER THE sudden transfer of UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev, the Chandigarh unit of Congress today alleged that BJP leaders had a hand in the development as Dev was not toeing their line.
Expressing shock, former Congress Mayor Poonam Sharma said the BJP leaders had a fear of being exposed. “Dev is an honest officer. Some BJP leaders tried to use dishonest means to get work done to which the Adviser was not agreeing,” said Sharma.
“I have worked with him while I was Mayor. I know his functioning. He never tolerated any unfair means and that is what BJP adopts to get its work done,” added Sharma.
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Congress city unit president Pardeep Chhabra said, “It is unfortunate. I feel it is a kind of black day for Chandigarh residents. If seems that when you want to, you get an officer of your choice. If he doesn’t listen to you, he is shunted out.”
Chhabra added that Dev had contributed a lot to the city’s Smart City mission. The Congress is contemplating holding a protest after Dev’s transfer. A meeting would be held tomorrow to discuss the future course of action.
Reacting to the allegations, BJP Chief Sanjay Tandon said, “ These allegations are baseless and obnoxious. We are committed to give the best administration to Chandigarh. Dev was doing a good job for Chandigarh and he should have completed his tenure. Wherever required, I will definitely try to put a word to get his transfer cancelled.”
Member of Parliament Kirron Kher was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.