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Chief min­is­ter

Cap­tain Amarinder Singh

and his men fell back on old­est tricks to stump ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing 1985-batch IPS of­fi­cer Mohd Mustafa, to el­e­vate Dinkar Gupta, who be­longs to 1987 batch, as the new po­lice chief. If Mustafa is to be be­lieved, chief sec­re­tary Karan Av­tar Singh and then DGP Suresh Arora, who rep­re­sented the state govern­ment in the UPSC meet­ing, “ex­ceeded their brief and went over­board to get him ex­cluded”. Then, the govern­ment cre­ated a smoke­screen and mis­led the me­dia by feed­ing wrong in­for­ma­tion about the names of po­lice of­fi­cers in the panel fi­nalised by UPSC. As Mustafa was backed by the Congress high com­mand, a top govern­ment func­tionary even told re­porters that he was the fron­trun­ner. All of this just to cre­ate con­fu­sion and keep ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Mustafa and other aspi­rants, guess­ing. Though many in the Congress did not ap­prove of such tricks, oth­ers say ev­ery­thing is fair in love and war. The CM’s choice for the much sought-af­ter job was no se­cret from the start!

Amarinder Singh

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