By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Mr M.S. Rajshekhar (Extreme Right) most popular congress face in Karnataka fromLingayat community who is since 1983 a active congress worker is doing hectic lobbying for chairman of boards for himself and camping in New Delhi many times in meeting all AICC Leaders and KPCC Leaders . Reportedly Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has convinced AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to give a fair share of these posts to legislators. The process of appointment of heads for government boards and corporations has been delayed as Rahul had approved the proposal and was keen to reserve these posts for party workers as part of the plan to reward those working hard to build the party.
Siddaramaiah explained the need to assuage the hurt feelings of senior legislators in the larger interest of the party ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls. Sources said names of about 20 legislators have been approved for appointment as heads of various boards and corporations.They include Malikaiah Guttedar, Shivananda Patil, M T B Nagaraj, R V Devaraj, B R Yavagal and Rahim Khan. Siddaramaiah wants to fill 70 to 80 posts, bulk of them going to party workers.Mr M.S. Rajashekhar, most popular congress face in Karnataka from Lingayath community is in forefront of meeting Smt. Sonia Gandhiji, (AICC President) all AICC Members, KPCC President and our Hon'ble Chief minister of Karnataka Sri.Siddaramaiah and hopes that they all will give him opportunity become chairman, as he is young and senior leader among Lingayath Community . The competition is getting more intense in ruling Congress party, With barely one-and-a-half years left for the next state elections, there is a demand in the Congress to accommodate more people in not just boards and corporations, but commissions as well. The long-drawn-out appointments to boards and corporations in Karnataka are likely to happen in a few days as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the State Congress president G Parameshwara reportedly submitted a list names to the party top brass.Both the leaders met party vice president Rahul Gandhi and Karnataka in-charge general secretary Digvijay Singh and submitted the list of names for appointment as chairmen of various boards and corporations."Rahul Gandhi reportedly approved the list and told the leaders that it will be released after the final approval from Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” sources said. Rahul is learnt to have advised the duo to appoint members to these institutions on their own.These appointments will be made for the remaining period of the government's tenure.
Mr M.S. Rajshekhar, most popular congress face in Karnataka from Lingayath community who is since 1983 as active congress worker held various party posts, worked as City General Secretary in DCC, Protocol and reception committee and worked as observer in Bellary Elections during 1999 in which Smt. Gandhi won the elections and Assisted Party leaders in Panchajanya Yaathra under leadership of Sri SM Kirishna and Sri Gulam Nabi Azad, Patron member of YMAC and life members of Sheshadripuram Educational Trust, Ex-Member of DRUCC Bangalore Railway Division and Honorary president of RTSA Association of Karnataka and YTSK Association of Karnataka , and Patron of Prajashakthi State level social service organization and helping SC ST people in the state like BBMP Poura Karmikara makkala kshemabhivruddhiSangaha and Bangalore Mahanagar Palike S C Workers co-op society Ltdand "BBMP Poura Karmikara sangha and Arogya Gangman Gala Sangha”and educational organaisation like AIUPASA and served the party sincerely in all elections and rendered service to the party at all levels has requested Smt. Sonia Gandhi, AICC President after meeting her in New Delhi to consider his request and make him chairman of Board even helped Smt. Gandhi by gathering legal content in respect of Herald case from experts and sent the content and material to Smt Gandhi and Oscar Fernandez to help prepare for winning the case which is pending in court. Mr M.S. Rajashekhar most loyal and trusted congressmen.
According to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) sources, aspirants from all the 30 districts are putting pressure from all quarters and are meeting party state-unit chief G Parameshwara and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara, who is also the Home Minister, told reporters that "The demand for chirmans and boards is high.... consultations are on to shortlist the nominees.”He said that KPCC has already set in motion the process to select candidates and has sought inputs from district and block Congress presidents in this regard.
With the Congress high command giving its consent to appoint 20 MLAs as heads of various boards and corporations, intense lobbying is on Congress to head resourceful and lucrative government bodies.The fight for heading Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), KSRTC, BMTC, KUWSSB are the fiercest.According to sources, R V Devaraj is likely to be made the Chairman of KSRTC and Periyapatna Venkatesh is the frontrunner to head BDA. Shivananda Patil is said to have been promised to be made chairman of Karnataka Housing Board.Similarly, Muniratna is said to be the leading contender to head Karnataka State Slum Development Board. In all, the Congress high command has given the go-ahead for appointing dhairpersons and deputy chairpersons for 92 boards and corporations of which 20 would go to MLAs and the rest for party workers.Though the list has been finalised, it is expected to be announced only after when AICC General Secretary in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka,, Digvijay Singh, will be in Bengaluru to attend a felicitation rally for KPCC president G Parameshwara on completing six years as the head of state Congress.
Reportedly sources involved in planning the political strategy of soon-to-be Congress president Rahul Gandhi say that the 45-year-old Congress heir's objective is "to ensure that Narendra Modi become a single-term Prime Minister", rather than Rahul himself becoming the fourth member of his family since 1947 to become Prime Minister. A key adviser said, "Rahul has age on his side, he can wait till 2024 before taking over the government." His strategists say that "the willingness to hand over the baton (of Prime Ministership) to another leader from a different party will give an advantage to the Congress in the post-poll negotiations likely to follow the 2019 verdict". What has changed for Rahul Gandhi is that "The CP (Congress president, i.e. Sonia Gandhi) has finally woken up to the fact that the veterans advising her are out of tune with the times". These sources claim that "during 2013 and in the run-up to the 2014 elections especially", Rahul Gandhi was "deeply frustrated by the adherence of his mother to the counsel of the traditional politicians surrounding her". Things began to change after the May 2014 defeat, "the scale of which convinced Sonia Gandhi that it was time to divest the traditional politicians in the party of their power" and trust Rahul Gandhi.