BENGALURU: The BJP and JD(S) on Monday vied with each other to convince Governor Vajubhai Vala to jettison the government’s list of nominees to the Karnataka Public Service Commission.
Jagadish Shettar, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, told reporters he had urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to withdraw the list. He has suggested the constitution of a search committee comprising eminent citizens to draw up a new list.
Shettar slammed the government for recommending former Congress MLC V R Sudarshan for the post of KPSC chairman, ignoring a Supreme Court observation against the appointment of people with political affiliations for such posts. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy also launched an attack, wondering how the KPSC, recently in the news for a recruitment scam, could be cleansed if tainted persons and those with party loyalties were allowed to run it.
Siddaramaiah is not budging, though. “We have provided whatever information the Governor had sought about the nominees,” he told reporters.
Elsewhere, social activist T J Abraham shot off a letter to Vala, urging him to frame rules for appointments to the KPSC.