Twist in ZP chief's 'resignation act'

Twist in ZP chief's 'resignation act'

Twist in ZP chief's 'resignation act'

Zilla Panchayat President P N Keshava Reddy submitted resignation to Zilla Panchayat CEO Gurudath Hegde on Thursday. However, it is said that Hegde has no power to accept his resignation as per rules.

As per the rules and regulations of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, he has to resign in person in front of the department's principal secretary stating that "I am tendering resignation with my own will." But it is learnt that Reddy has said in the letter that "I am resigning following a direction from party high command."

A department officer, who does want to be named, said his resignation is not in accordance with law. When contacted, Hegde said, "It's true that Keshava Reddy has submitted resignation. But now the question is whether I have the power to accept the resignation. I will go through the law and clarify about it on Friday morning."

On Wednesday, Reddy had said that he will submit resignation to the department's principal secretary. But he seems to have changed his mind at the last minute. This is said to have further annoyed his detractors. They have been baying for his blood from the last one year.

Calls made to Reddy to seek his reaction went futile.

Congress has 21 members in the 28-member Zilla Panchayat. JD(S) has five members, BJP and CPM has one each member. But the Congress members have become three factions due to conflict of interest. Consequently, 14 Zilla Panchayat members have rebelled against Reddy,who is the father of MLA Sudhakar, from the last one year. Re-conciliatory meetings organised by the party leaders, including District In-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy, went futile and at last, the party high command intervened and had told Reddy resign from his post.


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