Abhishek Singh, a bureaucrat assigned to Gujarat election duties, was fired by the Election Commission, according to reports, for allegedly flaunting his Instagram posting.

According to the Election Commission’s order, Abhishek Singh “used Instagram for sharing his posting/joining as General Observer and had used his official position as a publicity stunt.”

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According to the sources, the letter requested that all government facilities provided to him to aid in the discharge of his observer duties be withdrawn.

Gujarat will hold elections for a new government on December 1 and 5. On December 8, the results will be announced.

Who is Abhishek Singh?

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Abhishek Singh is a 2011 batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer from Uttar Pradesh. Singh is also a television actor.

He was born on August 22, 1990. He is 32 years old. 

According to reports, Abhishek had a dream to become an IAS officer and serve the nation. In 2011, Singh passed the UPSC exam and was appointed as an IAS officer with the 94th rank, according to Jagran TV.

Singh has appeared in several TV shows as well as a short film titled Chaar Pandrah. He was last seen in B Praak’s song Dil Tod Ke.

Singh is married to Durga Shakti Nagpal, she too is an IAS officer. She was also involved in a number of high-profile cases, including a legal sand mining case in Yamunanagar.

Abhishek Singh, an Uttar Pradesh cadre officer, was appointed General Observer for two assembly constituencies in Ahmedabad – Bapunagar and Asarwa for Gujarat elections in 2022.

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On Instagram, the officer, who goes by the handle Abhishek S IAS, posted two photos. In one, he stands next to a government vehicle with a beacon and the word “Observer” written on the front. The caption read, “Joined as Observer for Gujarat Elections.” Another photo showed him smiling at the camera with three other officials and an armed security guard. Singh was fired as an observer due to this and was replaced by Krishan Bajpai, another IAS officer.

Singh, who appears to be social media active and describes himself as a “public servant, actor, social entrepreneur, and stubborn optimist,” posted the same photos on Twitter.