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NDA team meets EC over Bihar transfers

August 03, 2005 20:15 IST

Senior National Democratic Alliance leaders met the Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon and Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Wednesday, urging them to maintain a watch on bureaucratic reshuffles while seeking early elections in the state.

The NDA delegation, led by Janata Dal-United) leader Nitish Kumar, spent over half-an-hour with the CEC and the EC, after which they told reporters that they had suggested the election body to "keep an eye on the postings of senior police officials."

"This is especially vital in districts where officials were posted on the EC's orders as it means that the Commission had acknowledged their sensitive nature," Kumar said.

Bihar Governor Buta Singh had transferred 17 superintendents of police without consulting Chief Secretary G S Kang, after which the latter proceeded on protest leave. The EC had on Tuesday directed the Bihar government not to transfer district collectors and poll-related officials without its consent but did not comment upon the transfer of the police officers.

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