Driver suspended for questioning transportation of CPM workers using panchayat vehicle 

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Adimaly: A driver was allegedly suspended by the panchayat president for questioning the entry of CPM party workers in a panchayat vehicle. The incident took place on May 20 at the panchayat office in Konnathady, Idukki. The driver has been identified as NC Baby, a permanent employee, who had been serving at the office for 20 years.

Reportedly, on the day of the incident, the panchayat president, along with numerous party workers, boarded the panchayat vehicle to attend an event at the CPM party office in Rajakkad. However, Baby told the president that it was illegal to carry people who are not related to the panchayat in the vehicle and asserted that he will have to bear the responsibility in case an accident took place.

Following this, the duo got into an argument, but the president was not willing to let the workers exit the vehicle and they were taken to Rajakkad upon the president’s direction. However, Baby was issued a suspension order the very next day.

The issue was presented by the president at the panchayat committee the other day. The suspension was approved by the committee with the support of the ruling party members and the steering committee was asked to probe the matter and submit a report.

Meanwhile, Congress members expressed dissent over the decision and demanded a vigilance inquiry into the misuse of panchayat vehicles after the new governing body came to power.

On the other hand, Konnathady panchayat president Ramya Raneesh stated that the driver was suspended on account of his rude behaviour.

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