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IAS officer removed after controversial social media post on Rahul Gandhi, Scindia

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BHOPAL: An Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) who allegedly made controversial comments on Congress, has been removed following protests. 

IAS officer Lokesh Jangid, who was posted as sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) at Vijaypur, has now been attached to the Secretariat.

The State government took the decision on Thursday. 

Jangid was posted at Vijaypur in Sheopur district, just at the beginning of his career. He had termed Congress' protest on farmers' issue, especially, Jyotiraditya Sindia's satyagraha over farmers' deaths in Mandsaur, as 'nautanki' (drama).

The officer had also posted about Jyotiraditya Scindia being out of India. He also wrote that Congress leaders are now running away after the agitation, pointing at FIR against MLA Shakuntala Khatik. 

Jangid had also written about Rahul Gandhi--'Rahul baba abhi nanihal mein hain'. The posts were made in response to a Congress leader's comments.  The particular WhatsApp group had several politicians in it.

Subsequently, Congress leader Ramniwas Rawat made a complaint. The opposition questioned how an administrative officer can make such comments. The district Congress committee also brought a resolution against him.

The complaint was made to chief minister also. The party leaders said that it was unbelievable that an officer could speak in such a partisan manner. Apparently, he had forgotten that officers are bound by service rules, unlike common men who can criticise any party.

Today, MP government has shifted Jangid. The same officer had a few months back responded, 'Mujhe ghanta koi farq nahi padta, jo ukhadna hai ukhad lo', w hen t here was criticism of his action--demolition of structures, without following due procedure.