Odisha-born IAS officer Satyabrata Sahoo has been named the next Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for Tamil Nadu.
Chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni, who was hounded by the ruling AIADMK and Opposition DMK in the recent R K Nagar polls for failing to curb the cash for votes, has opted to vacate the post.
According to sources, Lakhoni had been camping in Delhi for the last some days and explaining how tough it is to handle to a politically unstable Tamil Nadu. “He put his foot down clearly this time and expressed unwillingness to continue as the TN CEO. “I have completed more than three years as the CEO of TN and wanted to move on”, was the repeated words of CEO, sources said.
Meanwhile, soft-spoken Satyabrata Sahoo, who is the managing director of Chennai metro water, is hinted to be the successor of Lakhoni. Sahoo belongs to the 1997 IAS cadre and has always been a less known figure among the public.
The first test for the new CEO will be the Lok Sabha election scheduled for May next year. However, a Madras high court order in the case of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs and a floor test may end in an assembly election.