An official in charge of election duties in Gujarat has paid dearly for his Instagram posts. IAS (Indian Administrative Service) official Abhishek Singh has been sacked by the Election Commission for apparently showing off his Instagram posts, sources said today.
Abhishek Singh “used Instagram to share his posts/joins as a general observer and used his official position as a publicity stunt,” the Election Commission’s order reportedly said.
Ahead of next month’s Gujarat state elections, Abhishek Singh, a cadre official in Uttar Pradesh, has been appointed as the Observer-General for two constituencies in Ahmedabad – Bapnagar and Asa Elva.
The officer, who identified himself on social media as Abhishek S IAS, shared two photos on Instagram. In one scene, he stands next to an official vehicle with a lighthouse and the word “Observer” written on the front. “Join as observer for Gujarat elections,” the caption said.
Another post showed him with three other officers and an armed security guard, all smiling for the camera.
Mr Singh appeared to be active on social media and described himself as a “civil servant, actor, social entrepreneur and die-hard optimist”, sharing the same photo on Twitter.
According to the source, the Election Commission “has taken a very serious approach” to the official’s Insta post, and as a result, he was “immediately relieved of his duties as a general observer and prohibited from performing any election-related duties until confirmed.” Further orders.”
Abhishek, however, clarified the matter and said he had accepted the pollster’s decision.
“While I believe there is nothing wrong with this article. A public servant, driving a car bought with public money, reporting for public office, with public officials, to convey a message to the public. This is neither propaganda nor a gimmick!” , he wrote on Twitter.
I humbly accept Hon’ble ECI’s decision 🙏
Although I believe there is nothing wrong with this article. A civil servant, driving a car bought with public funds, reports for public duties, and communicates to the public with the public officials. Neither propaganda nor gimmick! https://t.co/T89c1K6PMi
— Abhishek Singh (@Abhishek_asitis) November 18, 2022
The officer was ordered to leave the constituency immediately and report to his parent cadre. All government facilities provided to him in Gujarat were also taken, including the car he mentioned in his post.
Mr Singh has been replaced by another IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, Krishan Bajpai.
Gujarat will vote for a new government from December 1-5. Results will be announced on December 8.