Quashing reports of the transfer of Director General and Inspector General of Police (DGP) Neelamani Raju, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he has not taken any such decision.
According to some reports, Raju, the first woman DG-IGP of the southern state, ‘was transferred’ following an incident which miffed the mercurial West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, 23 May.
In the incident which was captured by television cameras, Banerjee was seen expressing her displeasure to the top cop over the traffic arrangements which forced her to walk a considerable distance to the Vidhan Soudha, the venue of the ceremony.
The video shows Banerjee also sharing her frustration with both former prime minister HD Gowda and Kumaraswamy, who is seen trying to pacify the Trinamool Congress chief.
#WATCH: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reprimands DIG Neelamani Raju as she came to Karnataka Vidhana Soudha for oath taking ceremony because reportedly had to walk a few metres, also expressed discontentment to HD Deve Gowda & HD Kumaraswamy. #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/WZ2n0QVE9b
— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
According to The News Minute, Raju has submitted a verbal report to the CM. She also said that the mix-up happened because Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi’s convoy was moving at the same time with Banerjee’s convoy.
“Since Rahul Gandhi’s convoy was already en route, CM Mamata Banerjee’s convoy was asked to wait for a few minutes until the convoy passed,” Raju was quoted as saying by TNM.
It also quotes Kumaraswamy saying that he “cannot make decisions about who should be transferred” till the floor test is over. “Neelamani Raju has not been transferred now,” he said.
But reports confirm that several top police officials will be transferred as part of routine procedure within two weeks after the new government is formed.
But the traffic congestion, which Bengaluru is notorious for, did not seem to anger Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who were seen walking to the venue.
AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha took to Twitter saying: “Bengaluru traffic beats every city in the country. We walked to the swearing-in venue. Beautiful weather made up for it though”.
Bengaluru traffic beats every city in the country. We walked to the swearing-in venue. Beautiful weather made up for it though. pic.twitter.com/PT9nauyWuk
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) May 23, 2018
Kumaraswamy is scheduled to face a floor test on the house of the assembly that would confirm his position as the 24th Chief Minister of Karnataka.