Stung by negative publicity, Maya removes top official
Express news service Posted online: Thursday , Mar 18, 2010 at 1617 hrs
Stung by the negative publicity over March 15 Lucknow rally, UP Chief
Minister Mayawati on Thursday removed additional Cabinet Secretary and
Principal Secretary (Information) Vijay Shanker Pandey, a 1979 batch
IAS officer, and shunted him to vocational education.
Pandey's removal is seen as victory for Cabinet Secretary Shashank
Shekhar Singh after a long tussle in the Chief Minister's Office.
Pandey, said to be an honest and upright officer, was told to move out
of the two powerful jobs by Mayawati herself this afternoon as the BSP
government found conspiracy behind the so called bee attack during the
Although Pandey was handling the state information department, the
rally was handled by the BSP party and section of influential
bureaucrats in the UP CMO.
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