Lithuanian Railway chief views resignation as best decision in life

Stasys Dailydka
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

“This is the best decision in my life,” Dailydka told journalists in the premises of the state-run company on Monday.

He said he was stepping down after many years in office, as he predicts he will not secure political support from the new transport and communication, as well as the government and the parliament.

“I think the decision is the best step to untie the hands of the new leadership to enable it make decisions. Especially since you are well aware that the company is currently very strong and capable of solving all problems,” the outgoing LG chief said.

In Dailydka’s words, the company’s board must accept his resignation. The board is due to discuss his resignation later on Monday.

Dailydka said Lithuania’s Acting Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and Transport and Communication Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius had tried to talk him out of resignation.

“The contract is mine and is valid until February of 2018,” he added.

Lithuania’s media has lately raised questions about LG distribution of support and internal deals, by which the company purchased locomotive parts from Russia without any tenders.

Kindergartens and sports schools of the Vilkaviškis district and the Mažeikiai district were provided exclusive financial support from Lietuvos Geležinkeliai. Butkevičius has been running for parliament in Vilkaviškis single-member district since 1996, while the prime minister’s adviser on transport issues, Darius Jarmantavičius, is a member of the Mažeikiai District Council.

Over the past years, stable annual support of about 25,000 euros has been granted to Reventus, a public establishment operated by Kastytis Gridauskas’ Automobile Sports Club founded by LG’s board chairman Saulius Girdauskas.

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