Mumbai: Earlier in the day, Gupteshwar Pandey who stepped down as Bihar Director General of Police (DGP), said that he has not said anything yet about contesting elections and has not met any politicians.
Sources said that Pandey is likely to contest the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections as a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate.
Elections on 243 assembly seats in Bihar are scheduled in October-November. The term of the current assembly will expire on 29 November. The Election Commission has not yet taken the last date of the election due to the coronavirus epidemic in Bihar.
“I have not said anything yet about contesting elections. Anyone can say anything. I have worked as a DGP and now I am independent. I have not yet joined any political party and I have No decision has been taken on this yet.
I have not joined any political party as of now and I have not taken any decision on it yet. As far as social work is concerned, I can do it without entering politics too: Gupteshwar Pandey
He recently took VRS from his services in Bihar Police as Director General of Police(DGP) pic.twitter.com/z23isehv12
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Pandey said, “I have worked as the DGP of Bihar and have maintained law and order in the state. There were law and order situations in various states of the country during the CAA-NRC protest but I have maintained it in the state.”
“I am a free man. I am not a DGP man. I took VRS yesterday. People from different districts are coming to meet me and I will make a decision after discussing with them. No politicians come to meet me. I have not joined any party and when I will join I will inform you,” he added.
Pandey said that he will serve the people as long as he is alive. “As far as social work is concerned, I can do it without even entering politics,” he said.
Pandey relinquished the post of DGP following a request for voluntary retirement by the Bihar government on Tuesday, with a relaxation of the mandatory cooling-off period of three months.
Addressing a press conference here, he said that people were coming to meet him and that after discussing with him he would decide on a future course.
Sanjeev Kumar Singhal, DG Civil Defense, and Fire Services has been given additional charge of DGP Bihar till further orders.
(With ANI Inputs)