Chandigarh: The appointment of members to important posts in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has stirred a hornet’s nest in the state politics.

After the recent stay order on the appointment of Chairman of PPSC, a fresh petition has been filed in the High Court of Punjab& Haryana seeking stay orders on the appointments of four new members recommended by the government in the Commission.

The controversy in the matter ripped following differences between the government and the Opposition widened over the selection of candidates for filling the vacant posts in the Commission.

The high power committee set up for the recruitment of PPSC Chairman comprises Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and Speaker of the Assembly.

Out of the four names recommended by the Chief Minister, the leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal raised objections against two candidatures.

The four names proposed by the government include PPSC official Narendra Singh Sandhu, Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, Prof Amita Pandav and R Singh.

In the petition, the Opposition alleged the government of recruiting all the four members despite co- member Bhattal’s strong objections against the selection of Pandav and Singh.

JPN/Bureau