Rift in Maharashtra Government? Thackeray Cancelles NCP-Approved Order

In an indication of differences in Maharashtra’s three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government revoked the transfer order issued by the state’s home department.

Barely three-day-old notice, ordering the transfer of ten Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) in Mumbai, was revoked on Sunday.

Mumbai Commissioner of Police issued a fresh notification that reversed the July 2 order and asked the DCPs to continue working with their current postings.

Thursday’s transfer order had shuffled the DCPs within zones and crime branch, while some of them were even transferred from non-executive branches to executive ones, India today reported.

The issuance and subsequent cancellation of transfer order yet again brought to light the tension between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena. According to India Today, the transfer orders were approved by the state’s home department, but the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) was not kept in the loop.

Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced the rescinding of the directive.

“The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), as well as my office, has revoked the transfers done by the Mumbai Police Commissioner,” NCP leader and Maharashtra Home Affairs Minister Anil Deshmukh said.

The minister, however, did not specify any reason behind the cancellation of the transfer order and further said that there was good coordination among the MVA allies.

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