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2005-batch IAS Chaudhary resigns, may contest election on BJP ticket

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O P Chaudhary

Raipur, August 25

Bringing all rumours to rest, the 2005-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and Raipur Collector O P Chaudhary finally resigned from service and he is going to be the face of ruling-BJP from Kharsiya seat- a Congress bastion, in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district.

According to a senior government officer, Chaudhary has submitted his resignation letter to Personnel and Training department, for acceptance.

It is to be mentioned here that Kharsiya seat is currently held by incumbent Congress MLA Umesh Patel, the son of former Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nand Kumar Patel who was killed in naxal attack in Jhiram Valley under Darbha region of insurgency-hit Bastar district in May, 2013.

While serving as collector of Maoists-hit Dantewada district, Chaudhary has brought major educational transformation in the region by developing education city in Jawanga and the initiative ride him to massive popularity across Chhattisgarh as well as in the country. For his outstanding contribution in the development of insurgency-hit areas through education, Chaudhary was given the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2011-12. Moreover, Chaudhary’s popularity increases multiple folds with his innovative idea of setting up Nalanda Parisar- a nature friendly learning zone, and Oxy Zone park in the state capital.

Amid unavailability of suitable candidate to contest against Umesh Patel in Kharsiya seat, BJP may project Chaudhary, who hails from Raigarh district, as the party face in the coming assembly election to cash in his clean and visionary image.

Meanwhile, Congress sharply criticizes Chaudhary for this step and accuses him of supporting BJP during his service by terming him as RSS agent.

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