The recently concluded Madhya Pradesh panchayat polls have been hitting the headlines majorly because 75% of the poll winners were women. Even in patriarchal areas like Bundelkhand, women won unopposed. However, a bizarre episode has come forth now. A government employee has now come under the scanner after three wives were going to contest for the next phase of the panchayat polls.
Authorities in the state have initiated action against the person identified as Sukhram Singh who is a village panchayat secretary. His ‘three wives’ were contesting the panchayat polls from the Singrauli district an official was quoted as saying in a report. The action was initiated after he concealed the information about his third wife, the official added.
MP Man’s 3 Wives Contest For Polls
Reports state that of the three women, two of them were contesting against each other for the post of sarpanch and had mentioned the name of Sukhram as their husbands in the nomination forms submitted for the polls. Later, the Deosar janpad panchayat’s chief officer BK Singh submitted a report to the district panchayat’s officer recommending disciplinary action be initiated against Singh and a suspension.
BK Singh was quoted as saying in a report that all the employees from the department were told to furnish information about their family members or relatives contesting the panchayat polls.
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The official further added that Sukhram who is currently part of the Sarai Nagar Parishad had informed Panchayat and the rural development department about his two wives contesting the elections, “but hid the information about the third wife, Geeta Singh”.
A show-cause notice was subsequently issued to him and he did not reply to the notice after which the disciplinary action was initiated.
Reportedly, Sukhram Singh’s wives Kusukali and Geeta Singh are contesting polls against each other for the post of sarpanch of the Pirparkhd village panchayat. Geeta has once served as the sarpanch of this village. Meanwhile, his other wife Urmila Singh is also contesting the election for the janpad panchayat member from Pedra.
The Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission on May 27 had announced the dates for the three-tier panchayat elections. The polls to fill about four lakhs posts will be held in three phases on June 25, July 1 and July 8, the commission said.
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