The president of the education board, Pradeep Dhumal, resigned from his post yesterday after completion of his term. After the civic elections, the new education board came into existence in July 2012, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had handed over the reins to Dhumal.
The term for the presidential post was fixed at 1 year and 3 months. When the term concluded, several members from the education board had approached Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar last month and demanded fresh elections.
Soon after, Pawar instructed Dhumal to tender his resignation. Elections for the vacant post will be conducted on October 24, and Laxmikant Khabia, Vasanti Kakade, Rajendra Kate and Ravi Chaudhari are in the race for the presidential post.
Meanwhile, the Congress party, which has its person holding the post of the deputy president, has not yet declared their decision to replace the current incumbent.
“We have not taken any decision regarding the election yet. We will take the decision after discussing the matter in the committee meeting,” said Abhay Chajed, Congress city president.