New Delhi: Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung today announced IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma to be Delhi’s new police commissioner.  Verma who is currently the director general of prisons will assume charge on February 29 and will replace the incumbent BS Bassi.
 
According to sources, Bassi’s name has been included in the list of probables also known as the list of impaneled personalities.
 
A meeting is scheduled to take place on February 19, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting will  also comprise the Home Minister, a representative from the Opposition party and a Minister of State (MoS) personnel.
 
 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, “Is it finally announced, because I’m not aware of it whether it has been formally announced. This is a story based on speculations. The media is entitled to have a news report on speculation, but I don’t think as a political party particularly we should be responding on the basis of speculation only.”
 
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh also reacted on it and said, “I hope this information is not confirmed; this is just speculative in nature. If this happens then that will clearly show how an incompetent police commissioner has been rewarded; but before jumping to that it would be only appropriate to comment when this information is confirmed.”
 
Political parties, especially Delhi centric, have started to react on it. However, the big question is, will Bassi be promoted?