Vishwanath dares HDK to clarify stand on corruption

'Welcome Dasara jumbos at Palace as per tradition'

Former MP A H Vishwanath, on Wednesday, urged his political bete noire former chief minister and MLA H D Kumaraswamy to clarify his stand on corruption.

Addressing media, in the city, Vishwanath demanded clarity from Kumaraswamy, who has sided with the KPSC probationers of the controversial 2011 batch, who have been staging a stir against the government’s decision to declare the selection list as null and void.

Vishwanath said, it is no more a secret that KPSC recruitments are riddled with corruption, and the government has taken the right decision in this regard to weed out corruption. When this is the case, Kumaraswamy should come clear about his support to 362 gazetted probationers selected in that batch.

Vishwanath alleged, when H D Deve Gowda was the chief minister in 1996, he effected an amendment with the ulterior motive of nominating H N Krishna to the KPSC. The ceiling on the number of members was relaxed and their strength was increased from eight to nine. However, the numbers (of members) were brought down again during the tenure of H D Kumaraswamy in 2006.

Vishwanath further alleged that the KPSC has remained a puppet of Deve Gowda and family since 20 years. Gonal Bhimappa, the controversial chairman of KPSC, who has also been charged of corruption was nominated to the august body by Gowda family, he added.

Dasara tradition

On the government’s decision for a change in Dasara tradition, by welcoming the first batch of elephants at Aranya Bhavan itself, Vishwanath urged the authorities concerned to continue with the tradition.

Vishwanath said, as is the tradition, Dasara elephants should be traditionally welcomed at Jayamarthanda Gate of the Palace. It is not just a practice followed in the recent past, but a part of Dasara tradition, Vishwanath claimed. In addition to this, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should speak to Pramodadevi Wadiyar, wife of royal scion late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, he said.

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