Former Union minister and BJP’s Uttara Kannada MP Anant Kumar Hegde termed IAS officer Sashikanth Senthil who resigned as Dakshina Kannada’s deputy commissioner on Friday (September 6), a traitor, according to the Hindustan times. He urged the Karnataka government to sack him while the officer’s supporters in his village are requesting him to continue in service.
“The state government should realize that it should have sacked him after he opened his polluted mindset against the Union Government. But cajoling this gaddar to return, amounts to treacherous act against the nation,” Hegde said in a tweet. The former union minister also said that Senthil should go to Pakistan and directly fight against India rather than staying here and breaking the country internally.
However, residents of Senthil’s native village in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram launched a protest demanding that the officer withdraw his resignation, the Hindustan Times reported.
After Dadra and Nagar Haveli’s power secretary Kannan Gopinathan, Sashikanth Senthil, a 2009 cadre officer, is the second IAS officer to resign protesting some of the government’s policies. In his resignation letter Senthil had claimed that, “fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.”
Gopinathan also recently resigned stating that freedom of expression was foremost and suspension of fundamental rights in a state was one of the reasons behind his decision to quit the service.
Senthil, a Dalit native of Mathur village in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram district had completed his engineering degree in Trichy and cleared IAS examination in 2009. Mathur is a small village near Madhuranthagam town in Kancheepuram district, located 85 kilometres Southwest of Chennai.
Residents of Mathur said they are disappointed with Senthil’s decision and have launched a protest urging the officer to review his decision to resign. E Sambath, a resident said Sashikanth Senthil is the first IAS officer from the village and they want to see Senthil as a serving IAS officer.
“We know Senthil from his childhood. He always had awareness about society. He had his primary education in our village. He has done a lot for our village. He is the man behind uplifting our village library with several books. Senthil used to visit our village at least thrice in a year, though he was a busy IAS officer. He used to meet students and interact as well as help them. He supported students from Dalits and other communities too. He is an inspiration for our villagers. So, we want him to continue in the service,” Sambath, who is leading a protest in Mathur told HT.
After Senthil sent his resignation on Friday, Karnataka Chief Secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar asked him to reconsider his decision, but the former Dhakshina Kannada DC has been firm on his decision.
“My decision is ideological, and I cannot retract that. I made it clear and sent my resignation. I will stand by my decision,” said Senthil.