A week after Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh resigned to join the Bharatiya Janata Party; the top post is still lying vacant. The Nationalist Congress Party accused the Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of delaying to take a decision on the matter. “It is very unfortunate that since one week there is no CP for Mumbai city. The proposal has been put up to the CM. Hopefully he will take a decision soon,” said NCP leader Nawab Malik.
Ahmed Javed, Rakesh Maria and Vijay Kamble are the frontrunners for the post, but political parties have their own preferences. Sources said that the Congress is favouring Ahmed Javed and its ally the NCP is favouring Rakesh Maria.
Meanwhile, it is expected that the police establishment board will meet next week to discuss the matter and will send its recommendations to the Chief Minister.
After quitting as Commissioner, Satyapal Singh had said that there was a need to back BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi so that he can bring about a change in the nation after he becomes PM.
In an attempt to justify his switch to politics, he had also recited lines from a famous poem and said those staying “neutral” will be judged adversely by the history as there was a need to take sides in this battle for change.