Corona crisis proves costly for Jayesh as he loses Presidentship in TOA

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Senior IAS Officer Jayesh Ranjan - File Photo

The ongoing turmoil due to the spread of Coronavirus has come handy to a section of the people in Telangana Olympic Association to settle their political scores who have masterminded to pull down the senior IAS officer Jayesh Ranjan from the post of Presidentship to which he was declared elected in the recently concluded elections.

It may be recalled that the Telangana High Court had recently permitted Jayesh Ranjan to contest in the elections held in February to the TOA Executive body after his candidature was dismissed by the Returning Officer retired Justice Chandra Kumar on the grounds that Jayesh had failed to produce NOC from the government which is mandatory for a serving IAS officer to contest in any elections. However, the court permitted him as he had produced a NOC from the state government following which he contested and won as the president of the association.

However, the cold war between the President-elect Jayesh Ranjan and the former president and unsuccessful contestant Ranga Rao continued ever since. Meanwhile, the spread of Coronavirus in the state has reportedly made Jayesh so busy that he couldn’t try hard to resolve his issue. In this backdrop on Wednesday, the RO Chandra Kumar has issued orders terminating Jayesh Ranjan as the President of TOA and declared Ranga Rao as his successor.

Reacting sharply on this development, Arsenapalli Jaganmohan Rao who had unsuccessfully contested as general secretary alleged that the Ranga Rao in order to capture power is resorting to cheap gimmicks to tarnish the image of the TOA and alleged that the RO who is supposed to be impartial had illegally issued orders terminating Jayesh Ranjan as president in connivance with Rangan Rao.

Jaganmohan further alleged that RO has claimed in his orders that Jayesh had failed to submit NOC from the Centre within 45-days from February 9, 2020. “Whereas the court had not set any deadline for submission of NOC”, he said. He also questioned RO’s powers to issue orders as the latter’s term had expired once the elections are over and declared that they would seek court intervention in this regard.

However, when contacted, Chandra Kumar said he had to give orders since Jayesh had failed to produce NOC from the Central government and not from the State government within a stipulated period of 45 days. “Jayesh himself had sought 45 days from the court and when we issued notice to him recently in this regard he did not even ask us for more time”.

Denying the allegation, Chandra Kumar said that as per TOA rules one should have NOC even to get membership “which Jayesh doesn’t have”, he said. When questioned about his continuation as RO after the elections, Chandra Kumar claimed: “I will continue to be the Returning Officer until the entire election process is over. Here, it was not over as the President-elect Jayesh Ranjan did not take oath due to this legal hitch”.