New Delhi, May 22 (): UPA is burning midnight oil even as NDA is preparing to get Modi sworn-in. It was to give gifts to officials who were loyal to UPA. Even though it is reduced to two digit figure, UPA’s FM and others gave promotions and transfers as well as allotted bungalows and extended terms of those living in it.
The usual practice is that as soon as the results are announced, the ministers do not take any decision and remit office till the next ministry is in shape. Even with model code enforced by EC, UPA went ahead doing what it wanted to do. On May 16,as results came in about the UPA rout, P. Chidambaram issued transfer order to 148 Indian Revenue Service ( IRS) officers attached to Income Tax Department. Five officers of Central Customs who were private secretaries to ministers in UPA got their postings with promotion. On the same day, I&B ministry made Raghavendra Singh the additional secretary of the ministry.
Health ministry posted Dr Rajpal as Safdarjung Hospital superintendent replacing Dr B. D. Athani on election result day. Three days after the result, Chidambaram posted eleven IRS officers to top posts in Income Tax offices located in the metro cities. This took place on the eve of Modi meeting the President. The day Modi met the President, Chidambaram signed on the file that promoted 104 officers of customs to Assistant Commissioners.
Ashwin B. Pandya holding additional charge as chairman of Central Water Commission and ex- officio secretary to the Government was given full charge. Minister of Commerce appointed a financial adviser and additional secretary on May 6.
There was opposition from BJP over UPA appointing a new Army chief when there is three months more for the present chief to retire. UPA did another appointment of Pathak as BSF DG. IB got special director who was DGP in J&K police.
CCA (cabinet committee on accommodation) met three days before the declaration of poll results and allotted a big bungalow to Assam CM, ex-UDAI chairman Nandan who lost the election in Bangalore and had his stay in the bungalow extended.
Yet another allotment by UPA is Robert Vadra’s lawyer Tulsi who is ex-additional solicitor general being given a bungalow since he is Rajya Sabha member.
Another RS MP Murli Deora was given the bungalow occupied by National Advisory Council. The reason was that Deora was MP in both the Houses several times and been a cabinet minister. PM’s adviser Nair got his stay in the official residence extended to August.
UPA’s violation of election model code and showering largesse on those who were loyal to them is seen as an act of desperation. A K Antony, outgoing Defence minister and Rajya Sabha MP was the exception. He wrote to CCA asking to allot a small house for him.