Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and founder of Chanakya Mandal Parivar, Avinash Dharmadhikari, stepped out of the Shiv Sena on Monday, saying he was fed up with corruption and casteism in politics.
Dharmadhikari made the announcement at a press conference. The resignation comes against the backdrop of social activist Anna Hazare’s successful agitation for the Jan Lokpal bill.
However, Dharmadhikari denied any connection between Anna’s agitation and his decision to quit the Sena. He said that after two years in the Sena, he realised that all political parties are corrupt and have vested interests.
“I thought it would be a platform to bring about a positive change, but despite several efforts I did not get the opportunity to do anything substantial. I thought it was best to get out of politics,” he said.
Dharmadhikari resigned from the IAS in 1996 and founded the Chanakya Mandal, an academy to train students for administrative service exams. He joined the Shiv Sena in March 2009.
“When I joined the Shiv Sena, I discussed many issues with Shiv Sena executive president, Uddhav Thackeray. I was expecting that I would get an opportunity to act and work on the issues through the party, but nothing happened,” he complained. He said he met Thackeray in September last year, but was not able to meet him after that despite efforts. “All parties are alike. I wish to concentrate on whatever I am already doing through Chanakya Mandal. We need to train young administrators to root out corruption,” he stated.
He made it clear that desire for post, money or honour were not the reasons for the resignation.
Regarding Anna Hazare’s agitation for the Lokpal bill, Dharmadhikari said an agitation could not be named after a person. An agitation against corruption is the agitation of the people, he said.