Appointments to PPSC, info panel fuel resentment within Congress too

Chandigarh, Jan 23: After Punjab leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira red-flagged the appointments to the State Information Commission and the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) last week, resentment is brewing within the ruling Congress too.

Senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa had on Saturday fired the first salvo when he questioned the picks of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Though Amarinder has chosen to duck Bajwa’s bouncers, top Congress leaders agree Bajwa had voiced the anger of many in the party.

Former Gurdaspur MP and ex-state Congress chief, Bajwa had asked the CM to “overhaul governance, shed his many OSDs and advisers, give up all the 34 departments under him and appoint Congressmen and not personal friends and loyalists” to constitutional posts. But a few are willing to rally behind Bajwa, a known Amarinder baiter. Others too do not want to invite the CM’s displeasure.

“All the appointments done so far, be it of legal officers, OSDs or PPSC members and information commissioners, have hit the morale of party leaders and workers. They have all been bagged by loyalists of the CM, the Patiala palace or the coteries. The ministers cannot question the CM, nor can wannabes awaiting the cabinet expansion. There is reportedly a list of MLAs who are involved in sand mining. Some other MLAs are first-timers who cannot voice their resentment. The scenario explains why no voices of dissent are being heard openly,” a senior Congress leader said.

For the six vacant posts of members of the PPSC, those shortlisted include retired IPS officer Lok Nath Angra, serving IAS officer APS Virk and a techie, Sukhpreet Ghuman. Angra retired as inspector general of police last year. For the two vacant posts in the information commission, Khushwant Singh, a former journalist who had written CM’s authorised biography “The People’s Maharaja” last year and Sanjeev Garg, a confidant of CM’s wife Preneet Kaur, have been shortlisted.

News Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com

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