Why Iqbal Singh?
Iqbal Singh is considered very close to BJP and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh. This is the reason why in the election year he got Iqbal Singh extension twice despite angering other officers. The important thing is that even after the extension, he is retiring before December 3. Meaning, he will not be on the chair during counting of votes. Now the story is changing from here, it is being said that the government has recommended to the Center to give him another extension…although no one is confirming this at the government level. However, Congress does not at all want Iqbal Singh to get an extension. In such a situation, the ball may also go into the court of the Election Commission. An important point is that the role of the Chief Secretary is not in elections, in such a situation the Election Commission can distance itself from deciding who should be the new Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh.
Acting Chief Secretary will take over the chair
If Iqbal Singh does not get extension then he will retire. In such a situation, the procedure clearly says that the government can appoint a senior officer as the acting Chief Secretary. But for this he will have to issue orders. When the new government is formed, it will appoint a new Chief Secretary. Now the question is why the Chief Secretary is necessary, the reason is… it is the most important organ of the government. The Election Commission will hold the responsibility till the election results. After that, it is the responsibility of the Chief Secretary to complete the process of government formation, swearing in of the new government and other preparations.
Who will be the next Chief Secretary?
If the government appoints an acting chief secretary, Veera Rana may get the role, as she is currently the senior most administrative officer. His retirement is also in March 2024. In such a situation, instead of fanning any controversy, the government will give priority to seniority, so that no questions arise. But the bigger question is that after the government comes to power, speculations have started about who will be the Chief Secretary. The accounts ranging from administrative capabilities to relationships are being settled. On that basis, discussions are being held regarding the next Chief Secretary.
Contenders for new Chief Secretary