Political nomination to KPSC a tradition: CM

Denies Cong leaders complained to high command against him

Political nomination to KPSC a tradition: CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday defended his decision to recommend the name of V R Sudarshan as chairman of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC).

He told reporters at the Mysuru airport there was no confusion over the appointment of a politician to KPSC. It has been a precedent to nominate politicians, he said.

Earlier, Durgappa, former MLA, B L Gowda and Dr Doddegowda — who had been ministers in the Ramakrishna Hegde cabinet — and later Dr Krishna had been nominated to the KPSC, he said. “If politicians are not considered for the KPSC, it would be like breaking the set tradition,” he said.

When the chief minister’s attention was drawn to the Tamil Nadu government’s strong opposition to the construction of a reservoir across River Cauvery near Mekedatu as planned by Karnataka, he alleged that the TN government had moved the court only with political intentions. The State government would move forward only after receiving a Detailed Project Report, Siddaramaiah said.

No complaint

The chief minister denied that a section of Congress leaders had complained to the party high command against him. Instead, the chief  minister said, “It could be BJP that has made a complaint”.

Siddu blames HDK govt for bill on mutts 

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the proposed Karnataka Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment (Amendment) Bill, 2014, will be withdrawn in the joint session of the legislature slated to be held in the last week of January.

Siddaramaiah said that there has been a misconception among people that the government is out to rein in Hindu mutts. He said that the matter had been discussed and that there was no need of any such law.

The chief minister put the blame of enacting such a law on the JD(S)-BJP coalition government of then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and deputy chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

“The then government had filed an application in the Supreme Court on introducing a bill to have a hold on the mutts, including succession issue. The same Bill was tabled during the recent legislature session in Belagavi. It was finally decided that such a Bill was farcical,” he said.

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