In a dramatic twist, Seema Pradhan, president of district panchayat here, gave her resignation, blaming the panchayat members and district administration of non cooperation after the change in the government in Uttar Pradesh.
Pradhan is associated with the Samajwadi Party and has been facing a strong opposition of the BJP panchayat members. She resigned on Wednesday just before the discussion on no confidence motion that was proposed against her by BJP panchayat members.
The discussion on the no-confidence motion against the president was supposed to take place on April 24. She said that she was forced to take the decision because of the conspiracies of the BJP.
Wife of Samajwadi Party leader Atul Pradhan, who contested from the Sardhana assembly seat in this election, Pradhan was elected as the district panchayat president on January 7 last year, defeating BJP`s Kulwinder Singh by a margin of just one vote.
She had faced serious charges of poll rigging on this victory by her rivals. The issue was raised in the first meeting of the district panchayat in March last year and the anti- group charged the President of misconduct and also the ruling Samajwadi Party for closing its eyes on this.
But soon after coming in power in the state Kulwinder Singh of BJP and other party members started polarising against her and a no confidence motion was moved against her with a submission of 20 affidavits of the members out of the total strength of 34.
On this development the District magistrate had fixed April 24 for discussion over the motion in the house and thereafter voting in the presence of an observer from judiciary.
Blaming the state government, Pradhan said that after the change in the guard in UP a woman district president was harassed by unwanted inquiries and complaints. "I thought it better to resign when I am not allowed to work for the people for which I was elected," she quipped.
This is for the first time in the history of district panchayat of Meerut that a President had resigned.
In 2009 one of the members of panchayat Maninder Pal had moved no confidence motion against the than President Rajbala Gautam but she had managed to get a stay against this at that time and remained on the post.
The sources said that BJP`s district president Shiv Kumar Rana was the person who was behind this campaign against Pradhan.