Doval Recommends Chandra for NSA Job
Former Intelligence Bureau director Ajit Doval appears to be the front-runner among the internal security experts being considered for the post of National Security Advisor (NSA), in case Narendra Modi gets to head the next BJP-led NDA government as most exit polls have predicted ahead of the declaration of results on May 16. Doval is, however, believed to have recommended the name of veteran Indian Foreign Service officer Satish Chandra, who served as Deputy NSA under Brajesh Mishra in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, people familiar with the development said. Ahead of the 2009 general elections too, Doval was tipped to be the NSA had BJP come to power. Chandra, a 1965-batch IFS officer, has served in various countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and the United States. He was also chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee and secretary to the National Security Council Secretariat. Doval denied that BJP had sounded him out for the NSA’s job and said it was not a question of focusing on the person but more on the policy objective that the new government would like to achieve. “A concerted effort can then be made to find out the most appropriate persons to accomplish such tasks,” Doval told ET.
On being asked about the IFS officer,DovalsaidinhisopinionChandra was among the best in the country. “He is extremely professional and has rich experience,” he said.
BJP leaders privy to the development said Modi would take the final call on the matter after the declaration of results. “Knowing Modi, one can never second-guess him. He is quite capable of spring- ing a complete surprise,” said a senior BJP leader. Other names that have come up during discussions between Modi and the party brass include former representative to the UN Hardeep Puri, who joined BJP just before the elections, and former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal. Both Sibal and Puri are considered relative lightweights, though, with little experience in internal security. However, Chandra’s age (he is in his early 70s) could go against him, BJP leaders said.
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