Ghaziabad (IANS): Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Neera Yadav Sunday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here along with her husband former state minister Mahendra Singh Yadav and about 250 Samajwadi Party workers. Ms. Neera Yadav joined the party at a rally in Vaishali here in the presence of BJP president Raj Nath Singh. Mahendra Singh Yadav, a former police officer, had earlier resigned from the BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party.
Ms. Neera Yadav, in her speech, said she had joined the BJP as she believed in the party’s policies.
A controversial 1971-batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Mr. Neera Yadav was the chief secretary from April 30, 2005, to October 6, 2005. She was removed from the top post after a Supreme Court directive as she was accused of corruption in the allotment of plots in Noida.
After that, she was appointed agriculture production commissioner. She took voluntary retirement after she was removed from the chairmanship of the IAS Association.
Mr. Mahendra Singh Yadav said that he had committed a mistake by joining the Samajwadi Party and was rectifying it by coming back to the BJP.
BJP takes in UP chief secretary thrown out by SC
Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Neera Yadav joined the BJP in presence of party national president Rajnath Singh at a rally in Ghaziabad on Sunday.
Yadav’s politician husband Mahendra Singh Yadav, too, left the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the BJP.
Yadav, who has not been given a ticket to contest the coming elections, will campaign for seats like Ghaziabad, Gautambudh Nagar, Bulandshahr and a few other constituencies in western UP . “I have no intention of contesting but have joined the party as it is a national level party which would give me the most appropriate platform to do some social work,” she told The Indian Express.
Incidentally, Neera Yadav was the country’s first Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer to have been removed from the chief secretary’s post by the Supreme Court. Yadav was charged with committing large-scale financial irregularities in the allotment of prime plots in Noida when she was the chairperson of the Authority in the 1990s. A case against Yadav was filed in the CBI court which went on to chargesheet her.
In 1994-95 when the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association decided to undertake a self-cleansing exercise by identifying the ‘three most corrupt officers’ through a secret ballot, Neera Yadav was placed second after Akhand Pratap Singh. She was the only officer in the state to have managed to remain in power during the tenures of bitter rivals SP leader Mulayam and BSP chief Mayawati , holding the chief secretary’s office under them.
Meanwhile, SP district president Chowdhury Gambhir Singh Kewatia, a prominent Jat leader of the area, and a retired superintendent of police, Harendra Pal Singh, also joined the party. In 1994-95 when the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association decided to undertake a self-cleansing exercise by identifying the ‘three most corrupt officers’ through a secret ballot, Neera Yadav was placed second after Akhand Pratap Singh. She was the only officer in the state to have managed to remain in power during the tenures of bitter rivals SP leader Mulayam and BSP chief Mayawati , holding the chief secretary’s office under them.
Alka Pande, Indian Express, Mar 30, 2009