Govt’s Decision Will Destabilise KPSC: Deve Gowda - The New Indian Express

Govt’s Decision Will Destabilise KPSC: Deve Gowda

Published: 18th August 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 18th August 2014 08:27 AM

Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda has said that he will not be deterred by what he termed ‘a smear campaign’ against him and his family over his stand on the ongoing controversy over the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC).

Gowda also doubted whether the decision to reject the list of 362 candidates selected for the post of gazetted probationers for the 2011 batch was a collective decision of the Cabinet.

In an interview with

Rajashekara S of The New Indian Express, Gowda justified his stand against the government’s decision. Excerpts from the interview:

What is your take on the ongoing KPSC issue?

Has any government turned down the list finalised by a commission? You cannot destabilise an institution. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah admits that he too has recommended a few candidates. What has he to say about this? When people from a constituency meet their elected representative, they ask them to put in a word for someone seeking a favour. If he (Siddaramaiah) is honest, let him tell the truth. Why cheat your own conscience? I have been in public life for 52 years. I cannot cheat myself. When someone from my constituency comes crying to me, I tell my PA to connect me with them.

 Did you tamper with your son H D Balakrishna Gowda’s answer scripts to get him a job through KPSC?

Some great man (advocate A K Subbaiah) has made this allegation. It is an irresponsible statement. If I wanted to make him (Balakrishna Gowda) an IAS officer, I could have done it easily. He had cleared the UPSC written examination but failed in the interview. Should we reply to such questions? I am not retiring from politics tomorrow. People will give a befitting response to such allegations. The Supreme Court has upheld the Punjab Public Service Commission’s list even after a huge sum of money was seized from the PSC chairman’s house. 

 What do you think is the intention behind the Cabinet’s decision?

Why should I bother? There are several instances where genuine candidates from poor background have topped the written examination and were selected because of their own efforts. For example, a poor Kuruba boy from my town had secured high marks in the written examination. He is also a gold medalist. Even if he had got just 50 marks in the interview, he would have become a Class I officer. But he never came to meet me because of the new vitiated atmosphere in the state. Similarly, there is also a dalit girl from former minister K Puttaswamy Gowda’s village in Holenarsipur. Then there is a blind student. 

Siddaramaiah says that your family benefited the most from the KPSC.

This is rubbish and nonsense. Being the chief minister he should speak with some relevance. He should not adopt a ‘tit-for-tat’ policy while making statements. Advocate  C S  Dwarkanath says that the major sufferers in the list are AHINDAs (a Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and dalits). Siddaramaiah was responsible for appointing the same advocate as the chairman of the Backward Classes Commission.

There have been efforts to destroy me in the past. I have seen and experienced how people behave when in power and when they are not. The entire Karnataka cabinet, including the CM (the late J H Patel) had come to see me in Delhi on the day I tabled the motion seeking a vote of confidence. A day after I resigned, not a single soul came to see me. Being singled out and thrown out of party by own colleagues is nothing new for me.

 You asked Kumaraswamy not to take anything to an extreme...but you went to the venue (Freedom Park) the next day.

I went there on the request of advocate Dwarkanath and a few candidates who sought my moral support. I went to hear their grouse and made it clear that I won’t be sitting protesting there. It is their individual taste and belief to fight the way they want. I had only advised Kumaraswamy to stop this. He too agreed.

The protest will be withdrawn on Monday after candidates approach the court. It has to be resolved in the Supreme Court as someone will challenge the High Court decision.

ON BRINGING RAPISTS UNDER GOONDA ACT

I don’t agree that there is an increase in crime against women and children in the country. I must be very frank. I was also the CM. Within 15 days, my government stopped all chain snatching incidents. In my opinion, it is the failure of the administrative machinery. It is the same police force which needs to implement any Act, be it Goonda Act or any other Act. There is a lack of coordination. There is a lot of heartburn among top policemen because of frequent transfers. If you look at the list of officers reshuffled after Congress came to power, you will know how frequently they are transferred. There is no more sanctity to IAS and IPS posts as they have become a football in the political system.

ON ARKAVATHY LAYOUT Issue

You know Arkavathy Layout issue is not a recent topic. When the Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) was with me (in the JD-S), he had said that a special court of inquiry should be ordered to probe the Arkavathy Layout denotification issue. Why should I unnecessarily comment?

 

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