On October 24, the Madhya Pradesh State Government accepted the resignation of Deputy Collector Nisha Bangre. It is crucial to note that the aforementioned acceptance of resignation took place one day after the Congress declared its candidate for Madhya Pradesh’s Amla seat for the upcoming Assembly polls. As per the list, the Congress is fielding party leader Manoj Malve from the Amla seat now.
Prior to this, Bangre was expected to enter the poll fray from Amla on a Congress ticket. On the night of October 23, the Congress government declared its candidate for the last remaining assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh- Amla in Betul district. With it, Congress completed the declaration of 230 candidates for the upcoming state election in Madhya Pradesh.
In addition to this, as per a report of The Hindu, the General Administration Department, M.P. Government, also ended the departmental proceedings against Bangre on October 23. The said proceedings had been initiated against her for allegedly defying a government order denying her permission to attend an all-religion prayer for the inauguration of her new home in Amla of Betel district.
Notably, on October 20, the Madhya Pradesh High Court had directed the state government to take a decision on Bangre’s resignation by October 23 as well as conclude the proceedings being held against her.
As per the report of The Hindu, sources from the Congress party had confirmed that they had held off declaring the candidate from Amla seat till October 24 as they wanted to field Bangre from the seat and were waiting for a decision on her resignation. M.P. Congress media in-charge K.K. Mishra said, as per the report of The Hindu, that “The party waited for the government to accept her resignation but the BJP played it very cunningly. They had accepted her resignation on Monday itself but released the order dated October 23 on Tuesday after the Congress declared its candidate.”
“Was the government waiting for Amla to be declared the Congress candidate? When Nisha Bangre had not even declared from which party she would contest the elections, then why was the government so afraid of her?” Mishra expressed his anguish. However, a source in the Congress has provided that the party is likely to change the candidate for the Amla seat.
Background of the issue:
Nisha Bangre, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste (SC), was posted as Deputy Collector in Chhatarpur district and resigned from her post on June 22, 2023. In June, when the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) had denied her permission to attend the all-religion prayer. Bangre had resigned hours before the inauguration function and took part in it.
On August 7, Bangre had approached the High Court after her resignation was not accepted by the government after which the HC had directed the government to soon decide on the matter. Later, on August 21, the government initiated disciplinary proceedings against her and used it to get a stay on the directions.
In the month of September, Bangre had also begun a 300 km foot march from her home district Betul to Bhopal demanding that her resignation be accepted. The final destination of her protest march was supposed to be the house of the MP Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, in Bhopal. On October 9, when she and her supporters had reached the Board Office in Bhopal, she was stopped by the police force. Later, she was detained by the police and sent to jail. She was released on bail the next day.
It is essential to note that Bangre had also approached the Supreme Court recently seeking its intervention in the matter. The Supreme Code had rejected the plea since the matter was pending before the High Court but had expressed hope that an expedited decision will be delivered on the matter.