Zila panchayat chairperson loses no-confidence motion

The zila panchayat chairperson, Kesri Devi Patel of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), today lost the no-confidence motion moved against her by Rekha Singh of Samajwadi Party (SP). Rekha has now become the new chairperson.

Out of a total of 75 members of the zila panchayat, 53 votes were polled against Kesri Devi, while 22 were in her favour. At least 38 votes were required for the motion to sail through. The election was presided over by a civil judge at the zila panchayat headquarters amid tight security.

Kesri Devi blamed the SP MP from Allahabad, Kunwar Reoti Raman, for her defeat. She said: "Ever since my son, Deepak Patel, defeated Ujjwal Raman Singh, the MP's son, in the Assembly polls, the senior leader had been after me. The members were pressurised into voting against me by illegal use of administrative machinery."

Raman had lost to Deepak from Karchhana by a close margin.

However, a close aide of the SP MP denied the charge saying she was just trying to hog the limelight by taking the name of such a senior leader.

Rekha said that Kesri Devi's allegations were result of her frustration. A former chairperson of the panchayat, and currently a member, she had moved the no-confidence motion against Kesri Devi nearly a month ago.

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