South Indian Writer's Association head Bhagyaraj submits resignation; executive committee rejects it
This comes on the heels of his decisions on the Sarkar story issue
Veteran writer-director K Bhagyaraj submitted his resignation from his post as the president of the South Indian Writer's Association, on Friday morning. In his letter, he mentioned that he faced a lot of inconveniences after taking up the Sarkar story issue, and that he assumed the reason for this was because he was not elected to his position.
He also added that a few illegal activities happening in the association had come to his notice only recently, and a new set of rules have to be implemented to restrict those in the future. "To facilitate this, all the members who have been selected without election must resign their roles and contest in elections for them. But, as I don't have the rights to enforce this, I'm stepping down from my post now. However, if there is an election and I win with majority votes, I am ready to resume my post as the president of the association," he said. Bhagyaraj also mentioned that he doesn't want to reveal the hardships he went through considering the welfare of the association, and added that he was forced to reveal the storyline of Sarkar as director AR Murugadoss did not agree for a compromise with the writer of Sengol, Varun Rajendran.
When we reached Bhagyaraj for comment, he said, "Firstly, I accepted this role with service in mind, so I am not going anywhere. I just want to contest in an election and resume the post with a majority. Nobody pressured me into this decision, it was completely my personal choice. I came to know about the corruptions in the organisation only after the Sarkar issue came up."
The executive committee of South Indian Writer's Association declined his resignation within a few hours, stating that all the members unanimously wanted Bhagyaraj to continue as the president of the association. When contacted, Manoj Kumar, the general secretary said, "We are confident that Bhagyaraj sir will accept our request and resume his post."