Karnataka's first female DGP transferred days after Mamata Banerjee's anger
Two days after WB CM Mamata Banerjee was miffed by arrangements at the new Karnataka CM's oath-taking, DGP Neelamani Raju has been transferred. Banerjee was reportedly angry as she had to walk a few meters due to vehicles blocking the road to the assembly. However, a home ministry official said transfers are a regular occurrence, and it had nothing to do with Banerjee's outrage.
After the swearing in of HD Kumaraswamy and Dr G Parameshwara as the CM and deputy CM of Karnataka on May 23, videos of Banerjee chiding Raju went viral. She was also seen furiously talking to Kumaraswamy and Sharad Pawar while pointing outside. ANI reported she was angry as she had to walk "a few meters."
#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
Bangalore Mirror reported that Banerjee had to walk roughly 510 steps from her car to the venue. Sources said her convoy was briefly stopped to let Governor Vajubhai Vala pass. "If she had waited for less than five minutes, she could have proceeded in her vehicle." Even while she was walking, police offered to drive her to the venue, but she refused, they added.
Raju later sought a report from Commissioner T Suneel Kumar about the incident. But on the second day of the new government, she was transferred. Raju, reportedly the first state police chief of Karnataka, had taken charge last year. The 1983-batch IPS officer hails from Uttarakhand.
After eight days of political tussle, Karnataka got its second CM in a week Wednesday, with a Congress-JD(S) government swearing in. Earlier, BJP's BS Yeddyurappa had been sworn in as CM after an urgent midnight hearing in the SC, but he resigned minutes before a floor test on May 19. While Congress got 78 seats, JD(S) won 38 and BJP got 104.