Maya Loyalist to Spruce up UP CM's Image

Published: 09th February 2014 08:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2014 08:21 AM   |  A+A-


In a surprising move, embattled UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday brought in a close confidant of his predecessor and political rival Mayawati to spruce up his battered public image.

The move to appoint Navneet Sehgal, a senior IAS officer,as Principal Secretary  (Information and Publicity) has sparked disbelief in the official circles here since his proximity to the erstwhile BSP Government has been an open secret.

Not only that, Sehgal was seen as the second most powerful man in the state’s bureaucracy after the then Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh.It was Sehgal’s deft managerial skills, which ensured that the BSP chief despite not being media savvy, did not get embroiled in any major controversy during her Chief Ministerial tenure. Apparently, the SP Government was left with few options on getting an image makeover especially in the wake of the Saifai music-dance festival.


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