A Public Work Department’s (PWD) executive engineer in Madhya Pradesh who had issued an eviction notice to BJP leader Imarti Devi was reportedly transferred on Sunday. Officer Omhari Sharma had on Saturday sent the notice to MP’s Woman And Child Development Minister Devi, citing that after losing in the by-poll in the state she is no longer entitled to reside at a sarkari bungalow. The officer has now been shifted from his post at PWD.
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Devi was given the position of Minister of Women and Child Development by the BJP government after she made a switch to the party from Congress. However, she lost the by-poll in Dabra constituency by 7,633 votes, following which she had submitted her resignation from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cabinet. Sources say that Sharma’s eviction notice had irked Devi and he was transferred to Bhopal.
Devi, who was in news last month after Congress leader Kamal Nath’s “item” remark, was among the 22-MLAs who quit the Congress and joined BJP along with Scindia in March this year. In the recent polls, she faced defeat at the hands of a Congress candidate Suresh Raje. She claimed that her resignation from the ministerial post is still pending.
According to a News 18 report, PWD has reportedly rectified its error. It has issued a news notice with clarifies that the previous one was issued for a want of information and it has now been cancelled with immediate effect.
Devi’s political career started in 1997 when she became the Senior Vice-President of District IYC (Indian Youth Congress) in Gwalior. She was 22 then. She went on to become a member of the District Panchayat of Gwalior from 2004-2009. Devi has been the chairperson of Block Congress Dabra since 2005.
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Prior to joining BJP, Devi was an active member of the Congress Party for nearly 23 years. She came to the spotlight when the former chief minister Nath called her “item” in a speech during the election campaign. Reacting to the same, Devi had publicly criticised him for the sexist remark. Nath faced immense social media backlash for his comments. The election commission not only criticised Nath for his comments but also removed the politician from the “star campaigner” status of his political party in Madhya Pradesh by-polls.
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