Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by SHURIDH, Jul 5, 2012.
AHMEDABAD: He is perhaps the most influential bureaucrat Gujarat ever had. A lot of industrial development that we see in Gujarat today is thanks to the vision of this 'King Khan', as colleagues used to call him. Former chief secretary H KKhan, who headed the Gujarat bureaucracy in the early 1990s during the regime of late Chimanbhai Patel and later became his advisor, is clearly inching closer to chief minister Narendra Modi. Last month, Khan met Modi at the Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar and this has set tongues wagging, given Modi's overtures towards Muslim leaders ahead of the assembly elections due in December 2012.
Senior bureaucrats, who still hold Khan in awe and had been in touch with him who has now settled in New Delhi, had already noted the positivity with which Khan had been speaking about the achievements of the Modi government. Khan (70) is presently a director with the Jubilant Life Sciences which holds almost 10% stake in the state-run Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC), one of the numerous state PSUs which were conceived by Khan.
Asked by TOI about his rapport with Modi, he said, "Modi saheb is a very mature and experienced chief minister and I am too small a person to be of help to him." Sources, however, said Modi has been in close touch with Khan ever since a senior Gujarat-cadre officer A K Vijaykumar helped build bridges between the two about six months back.
While Khan's expertise is in the energy sector, sources said Modi would rather have his assistance in wooing Muslims across Gujarat and network for him in bureaucratic circles in New Delhi. Khan, however, said, "As of now, there is nothing of this sort."
A make over in the offing?
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