Chhattisgarh Minister Singh Deo Resigns from Panchayat Portfolio Amid Buzz Over Feud With CM Baghel

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Chhattisgarh minister TS Singh Deo on Saturday resigned from the Panchayat and Rural development department but will remain the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Twenty Point Implementation, and Commercial Tax (GST) departments in the Bhupesh Baghel cabinet.

According to sources, Deo, who was locked in a turf war with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, said he was “never allowed to speak”.

The sudden development is seen as the fallout of an old political rivalry between Baghel and Singh Deo, who had tried to project him as the chief minister in the past. In a four-page resignation letter to the Chief Minister, Singh Deo cited various reasons stating that he was unable to fulfill the targets of the department as per the vision of the Jan Ghoshna Patra (poll manifesto), given the “current scenario”.

He said despite his repeated requests, funds were not sanctioned under the PM Awas Yojna, as a result of which houses could not be constructed for eight lakh people in Chhattisgarh. He also claimed the draft of rules under the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act prepared by his department and sent to a committee was changed without taking him into confidence.

“I decided to dissociate myself from this department last (Friday) night itself. After considering it thoroughly today, I am sending my resignation to the Chief Minister,” he had told news agency PTI before resigning.

Singh Deo represents the Ambikapur assembly constituency in the Surguja region and is known as the political rival of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in the state Congress.

(with inputs from PTI)

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