Graft probe hits poll foray of Siddaramaiah's pick for Gowda's fiefdom

Graft probe hits poll foray of Siddaramaiah's pick for Gowda's fiefdom

Karnataka State Government Employees' Association president B P Manjegowda on Monday sought the Transport Department to accept his resignation and relieve him at the earliest.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is keen on fielding Manjegowda as the Congress candidate from Holenarsipura constituency in Hassan district, a JD(S) stronghold. Recently, a recorded conversation between Siddaramaiah and Manjegowda went viral, where the chief minister was heard asking him as to why he hadn't tendered his resignation to the government job yet.

Siddaramaiah had asked Manjegowda to quit his job and start election work in Holenarsipur immediately.

Manjegowda, who works as a senior inspector of motor vehicles in the Transport Department, told DH that he had resigned from his post on November 3, 2017. The department is, however, yet to accept the resignation and furnish Gowda the acceptance orders.

Until Manjegowda receives the orders, he will be unable to jump into politics.

The department is not clearing Manjegowda's resignation, as a Lokayukta enquiry pertaining to disproportionate assets case against him is still pending. Though the Finance department and Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) have cleared the file, the Law department has raised objections stating that Manjegowda cannot be relieved owing to the ongoing enquiry, which started in 2007.

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