Bangalore: With senior central leaders of Congress criss-crossing Maharashtra and Haryana to drum up support for the party ahead of Assembly polls on Wednesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his camp-followers have found it convenient to defer yet again the much-delayed appointment of chairpersons for state-owned boards and corporations.
Speaking to media persons, a senior leader belonging to Mr. Siddaramaiah’s camp said: “The Chief Minister might not succumb to any pressure for a reshuffle of his cabinet or filling up vacancies of any posts. This was evident when defeated party candidates met him on Sunday afternoon. Along with KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar, the Chief Minister passed the buck to leaders in Delhi as several aspirants were breathing down his neck on these appointments.”
The leader added that the Chief Minister was in no mood to carry out any exercise now as it would trigger discontent among unsuccessful aspirants and in turn impact the party’s prospects in polls to various local bodies which are scheduled in next six to eight months.
Sources in the party said the possibility of Mr. Siddaramaiah and Dr. Parameshwar meeting soon after Dasara festivities had kindled hopes among scores of aspirants as they were certain that they would at least land the posts of chairpersons of boards and corporations. Though the two leaders met once, they merely discussed guidelines to be followed for these appointments and put off a decision on drawing up the final list of candidates for these posts.
Subsequently, Dr. Parameshwar said they could not complete the process of appointments as local unit leaders from as many as 38 Assembly constituencies delayed submission of names of potential candidates to the KPCC. Besides, the two leaders could not discuss the issue of appointments during their brief meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi when she landed in Belgaum airport on October 9 en route Maharashtra.
According to Congress party sources there are at least 10,000 aspirants for the 80 odd posts of chairpersons of the boards and corporations which has made the selection process immensely difficult. To add to the woes of the Congress top brass, party candidates including former MLAs who were defeated ion the 2013 assembly elections, met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Dr Parameshwar on Sunday and demanded that they should be given thier fair share of posts in these boards and corporations.