Cong to reshuffle Gandhinagar panchayat bodies

The observer appointed by the Congress to look into the grievances of some elected members of the party in Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat has secured the resignations of chairmen of different committees following complaints from the Thakor representatives that they had been meted out step-motherly treatment.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:February 16, 2012 7:15 am

The observer appointed by the Congress to look into the grievances of some elected members of the party in Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat (GZP) has secured the resignations of chairmen of different committees following complaints from the Thakor representatives that they had been meted out step-motherly treatment.

Panchayat’s Thakor representatives led by Arvind Solanki had complained to the party high command that Thakors’ interests had been overlooked in the appointment of chairmen of various committees in the newly constituted board of the panchayat even as eight Thakors were elected in the polls.

Solanki had told the state party leaders that when Mangiben Chaudhary was appointed president of GZP,Thakors were assured that the chairmen of three of the committees — health,road and building,and education — would be Thakors.

However,it was not done. Instead,Kshatriyas were appointed in two of the committees and only education committee chairmanship was given to a Thakor,Solanki said.

The party had initially entrusted Lok Sabha MP Jagdish Thakor with the task of finding a solution.

But when the issue was not resolved,the party gave the task to MLA Shailesh Parmar and another party leader Brajesh Mirza.

Parmar was assigned the task to study the complaints of the Thakor members who form a majority among the 19 members elected on the party’s ticket a year ago.

Parmar told The Indian Express that he has taken resignations from the chairmen of all the committees as also the panchayat president to enable the party leadership do reshuffling by accommodating members of all the communities proportionately.

Parmar said he would submit a report to state party president Arjun Modhwadia on Monday and the latter would then decide the posts to be given to elected members from different groups.

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