BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is purportedly willing to make some changes to his list of the Karnataka Public Service Commission nominees, but is determined not to jettison V R Sudarshan. Siddaramaiah has recommended the name of former chairman of the legislative council as head the KPSC.
Governor Vajubhai Vala had on January 5 returned the government’s list, seeking vigilance reports vetted by the Lokayukta for each of the nominees. The government returned the file to the Raj Bhavan the same day, saying it had complied with all rules. Eight days on, the file remains on Vala’s desk.
“He will have a look at it after returning from Gujarat on Tuesday,” a Raj Bhavan source told Express.
Anxious over how Vala might react, Siddaramaiah is said to be considering some concessions to persuade him to sign on the dotted line. However, the Chief Minister is determined to get Sudarshan onboard, the source said.
“Everyone knows the charges against Sudarshan are frivolous and politically motivated. Even the rival party leaders levelling charges against Sudarshan admit in private that he is a relatively clean politician,” a confidant of Siddaramaiah told Express.
Another close associate of the Chief Minister confirmed the development.