BENGALURU: After appointing its office-bearers to various committees last week, the JD(S) on Monday got the ball rolling on getting its administrative priorities in order.
Keen to shed its image as the father-son party, a total of 60 observers for all districts were appointed and entrusted with the responsibility of identifying office-bearers at district, taluk and panchayat levels by May-end.
Addressing a press conference, party state president H D Kumaraswamy said the appointments would put to rest criticism that all their decisions were taken unilaterally by party supremo H D Deve Gowda and himself. “Some of our second-line leaders have joined other parties, so it is important to identify another second-line of leaders.
The observers have been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying such leaders who can lead responsibly,” he said. He added the observers have been told to identify the various caste configurations and identify people to represent all the communities in their areas.
“In some places, there might be only 10 families comprising a particular community and we have asked them to include people from such communities as well.”
Kumaraswamy said the list of 150 candidates was ready, but some of the candidates selected had no office-bearers in their districts and kept all the power in their hands.
“It has been two months since we gave that list to national president Deve Gowda. Once all the office-bearers decide, we will announce it. Even the candidates are keen to start work,” he said.