Raipur Collector resigns, likely to join BJP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Aug 2018 09:02:34


Staff Reporter,


Om Prakash Chaudhary, a 2005 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, presently posted as Collector, Raipur, resigned from Indian Administrative Service.

Amidst speculations of his resignation and his subsequently joining Bharatiya Janata Party was going round the corner since quite a long time but if the sources are to be believed, he had forwarded his resignation to DoPT on August 17 and the DoPT formally accepted his resignation on Friday. In his Facebook post on Saturday, Om Prakash Chaudhary said that his journey of 13 years from his village Bayang in Raigarh district to being posted as Collector, Raipur, has been eventful and challenging. During this journey, thousands of people have directly or indirectly supported and he takes this opportunity to extend his gratitude to all of them. He said he’s falling short in words to express his gratitude to one and all. He said he had relinquished from Indian Administrative Service as he is intended to work for the upliftment of the people of Chhattisgarh. Jai Hind, Jai Chhattisgarh…

Former IAS Chaudhary, had been credited for bringing huge change in academic sector LWE affected Dantewada district. He is the person who was instrumental in setting up the Education City Jawanga in Dantewada and subsequently another academic excellence – Nalanda Parisar in Raipur after being posted as Raipur Collector. Now that he has resigned from IAS, he is all set to join Bharatiya Janata Party and likely to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections from the prestigious Kharsiya seat- a Congress bastion, in Raigarh district, an area from where he belongs.

This initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh is stated to be one of the biggest political reposition by him in the country off-late. It is a very significant development because convincing an IAS officer, who’s the most talked about officer in the state is a huge achievement. In fact this is the science of politics which has been worked by the Chief Minister and the BJP think-tank as O P Chaudhary will not only be the face of BJP in this election but the party will be using him as a trump card. In this direction the BJP think-tank has already prepared a complete strategy.

Still it is in the speculation stage that O P Chaudhary will be contesting from Kharsia but the BJP can again spark another surprise during allocation of candidatures. It is being speculated because O P Chaudhary is not just a candidate nor he is meant for only one seat but a big political science is working behind him and that is the reason why the BJP thinktank had netted and set an equation for him since last one year. BJP was on the look for a fresh face which is clean, social, son of the soil having a good fan following particularly in the youths (25 lakh new youth voters in the state). Chaudhary apart from these properties has an addition that he was an IAS officer and has a good oratory skill with additional benefits of fitting in caste-equation and son of the soil.

If the OBC category is considered, from which O P Chaudhary belongs, there is no face to his stature in political party as of now. Being from Bayang village in Kharsia, he’s fit for the seat as per caste equations and otherwise. Although it would be very difficult to win from this seat where Congress has never faced a defeat. Presently Umesh Patel, son of Late Nandkumar Patel is MLA from here. Earlier, former Union Minister and Chief Minister of erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Arjun Singh had represented the seat. Chaudhary belongs to Aghariya caste - a dominant OBC community in Raigarh, to which Patel belongs and may dent the traditional Congress vote bank. Chaudhary was reportedly been active in Raigarh from the past 6 months.

It is worth mentioning here that after completing school from Bayang village, Chaudhary graduated in science from Bhilai, before making it to Indian Admini strative Services in 2005, at the age of 22 years. Came into spotlight in 2011-12 when he had set up ‘Education City’ in Jawanga village and for his outstanding contribution in the development of LWE affected areas through education, Chaudhary was given the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2011-12.