Late Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya
Late Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya

The BJP government in Chhattisgarh on Monday transferred an IAS officer following his comments about the late Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya on a social networking site.

A senior official of the state government told news agencies that the officer, Shiv Anant Tayal, who was the CEO of Kanker Zilla Parishad, was transferred to the state Secretariat.

BJP is currently celebrating the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Tayal, a 2012 batch IAS officer, had posted a critical comment about Upadhyaya’s contribution on Facebook on Friday, after which, BJP leaders demanded action against him.

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“The government is going to issue him a show-cause notice regarding the Facebook post,” the official said.

Later, he posted another statement on his Facebook post regretting his action.

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He wrote, “I made a post in the morning raising some spontaneous questions on Pt Deendayal Upadhyay. The act was in a casual follow-up of some reading and browsing. It was never an intention to raise questions on credibility of stalwarts or to offend anyone. Nevertheless, if that happened, I am deeply apologetic and express regret about that. Thank you.”