Even though the Yogi administration requested the central government 10 days back to relieve CISF DG Om Prakash Singh for appointment as the UP DGP, the silence of the central government is fraught and may suggest that the central government may be exploring other possibilities.
Since National Election 2019 is not very far away, this critical factor may have persuaded the central government to pick up a DGP candidate for the state to transmit its message of “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas.” Perhaps, from this viewpoint, the central government is not too impressed with the credentials of O P Singh. And so it may be looking for an officer who is not only seen as a tough and visionary cop but also has the resilience to transmit the message of the state’s absolute impartiality in dealing with the matters of law and order – unlike the days of the BSP and the SP rule.
In this context, it is pointed out that OP Singh’s stint as the Lucknow SSP was seen in the public as not inspiring at all. There were also some interesting comments, on his increasing popularity on social media, during the recently-concluded Tekanpur conference of the DGPs and IGPs which is being talked about among his peers.
Officials point out that Bhawesh Kumar Singh (IPS:1987: UP) was CM Yogi’s natural and first choice but Bhawesh is seen too junior to supersede over a dozen of senior officers and this may have persuaded Yogi to compromise with those who were pitching for O P Singh.
Further, it is widely believed that Rajni Kant Mishra (IPS:1984: UP) was seen as Centre’s choice as DGP for the state. But this was perhaps not acceptable to Lucknow which has already accepted the Centre’s choice Rajive Kumar (IAS:1981: UP) as the UP Chief Secretary. This may suggest that a balance-of-power game is going on between the center and the state.
When and how both the center and the state may be able to pick up a consensual candidate as the state DGP remains, for the time being, in the realm of speculations and theories.