RAICHUR: Upholding Karnataka Governor Vajubai Vala’s move to send back the list of names recommended by the State government for members of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the government to withdraw all the nominations and come up with a fresh list with people of clean background.
Addressing a media conference at his party’s office here on Thursday, BJP state president and Lok Sabha member, Prahlad Joshi criticised chief minister Siddaramaiah for making the nominations “at will” defying the Supreme Court directives.
“KPSC is established not for rehabilitating unemployed in Congress party, but for providing employment to unemployed youth. The government should withdraw the entire list as the recommended individuals are tainted,” he said.
Quoting a Supreme Court order of February 13, 2013, Mr. Joshi demanded the government to implement it in both letter and spirit by strictly following the procedure laid down by the Apex Court for the appointment of public service commissions.
“Even the P.C. Hota Committee, constituted by the State government, has recommended for setting up a search committee for selecting the members for KPSC. The government has, however, made appointments at will without following the procedure laid down by the Apex Court and throwing the Hota panel recommendations in the air,” he criticised.
Taking exceptions to the reported complaints by some Congress legislatures to their Party high command against Speaker Kagodu Timmappa, Mr. Joshi asked the chief minister to educate the dissident MLAs about the Constitution and Constitutional positions.
In response to the recent remarks of former Lok Sabha member and Congress leader, A.H. Vishwanath on BJP national president Amit Shah’s call for “Congress-free Karnataka”, Mr. Joshi said, “Vishwanath has lost is mental balance after he suffered a serious blow by a 34-year old young lad at Mysore Parliamentary constituency in the last Lok Sabha polls.”
He interpreted Amit Shah’s slogan as removing Congress government through a mass movement and not as destabilising it through undemocratic means.
Koppal MP Karadi Sanganna, Raichur Rural MLA Tipparaj Hawaldar, MLCs Halappa Achar and Amarnath Patil, BJP district president Basavanagowda Byagwat and others were present.