(Eds: updating figure, adding Congress reaction) Mumbai, Apr 16 (PTI) The Maharashtra government today transferred 28 IAS officers, including Panvel municipal commissioner Sudhakar Shinde against whom a no-confidence motion was passed by the BJP-controlled civic body last month.

The state government had last week issued an order suspending the no-confidence motion passed against Shinde in the civic body in adjoining Raigad district.

The order, which praised the work done by Shinde in Panvel, had been issued by the urban development department, which is headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Shinde’s working style had not gone down well with BJP corporators, who said he took unilateral decisions and was not inclined to consult elected representatives.

On March 26, the Panvel corporation’s general body passed the resolution amidst protest by opposition parties.

Among the other IAS officers transferred is Pune Collector Dr Saurav Rao, who has been appointed the Pune Municipal Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the BJP-led government in the state was using “mass transfers” as a weapon to pressurise bureaucrats.

“The government wants IAS officers to obey its commands. That’s why it has effected such large-scale transfers. Some of these officers have not even completed a year’s tenure in their present posting,” he said.

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