IAS official from the state of Uttar Pradesh was fired by the Election Commission from his position as a general observer for the Gujarat Elections.
This has been referred to by the commission as a “publicity stunt.”
The EC charged that Abhishek Singh-I, an officer from the 2011 batch, utilised his official position as a “publicity stunt” by using Instagram to share his posting as a general observer.
The poll panel, the EC continues, has decided to strip Singh of all his responsibilities as a general observer after taking a “very serious” assessment of the situation.
In response to the news, Singh said he respects the decision with the utmost humility but maintains that the position was correct.
“I humbly accept the judgement of the Honorable ECI. Despite the fact that I think this post is fine.
A public employee reporting for work in a vehicle purchased with public funds, along with other public authorities, and informing the public. Both publicity and a stunt are not involved,” Singh tweeted.
On his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Singh posted two images. In the first image, he may be seen standing next to a vehicle with the signboard “Election Commission of India-OBSERVER.””
The second one allegedly depicts him, other officials, and an armed police officer.
“Joined Ahmedabad as Observer for Gujarat Elections,” reads the caption of the photo.” On Instagram, Singh has more than 3 million followers.
He also shared the same article on Twitter.
Additionally, Singh has been prohibited from performing any election-related tasks up until until notice.
In addition, he has been told to report to his nodal officer in the parent cadre right away after leaving the constituency for which he was given responsibility.
In the Ahmedabad district, Singh was in charge of the Bapunagar and Asarwa assembly seats.
The letter demanded that all government facilities given to him to help him perform his observer duties be taken away, according to PTI.