Bengaluru, May 30, 2023 (PPI-OT): The Congress government in the Indian state of Karnataka is all set to identify and snub bureaucrats affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The sources told media that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his deputy D.K. Shivakumar have got the list of officers in various departments, who have close ties with the RSS and enjoyed the backing of the previous BJP government. Shivakumar had openly warned the police department on saffronisation and gave clear instructions on strictly adhering to the rule book.
The state government has also received a clear-cut instruction from the Congress High Command to get rid of RSS sympathizers from the bureaucracy, the sources added. One of the major targets is the Home Department through which the BJP had carried out its Hindutva agenda and attacked the opposition, mainly Congress leaders. Shivakumar has demanded the arrest of former state DGP Praveen Sood for allowing the setting up of a facade in the name of Nanje Gowda and Uri Gowda, both historical figures.
Hindu activists had also claimed that they killed Tipu Sultan, the ruler of erstwhile Mysuru State. “During the visit of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to Karnataka to dedicate the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, Sood had allowed distortion of history by allowing a facade to be named after Nanje Gowda and Uri Gowda. A case should be lodged against him and he has to be arrested,” Shivakumar had said. “This DGP is nalayak (useless). He had heeded to the demands of the government. Immediately, a case should be registered against him. The Election Commission of India should transfer him to a different place. He was there in the post for three years. Why is he still there?” he queried of Sood who has now taken over as the CBI Director.
The top officers in the state’s education department who carried out textbook revision, those in higher education department who facilitated the National Education Policy (NEP), those in finance, urban development, BBMP, BDA (Bangalore Development Authority) and lucrative posts who were appointed on the recommendation of RSS and Sangh Parivar would be transferred within no time, sources said. BBMP - Br?hat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the Greater Bengaluru metropolitan area. The Congress party sources further maintained that the RSS affiliated bureaucrats and officers cannot be trusted as the government is all set to introduce many new schemes and its policy on moral policing and other communal matters goes against the previous BJP government.
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