Ranchi, Jan. 9: Appointments to Jharkhand State Youth Commission and Jharkhand State Minority Commission, just before the Arjun Munda government exited yesterday, have kindled a controversy.
Chandra Bhushan Kumar was made chairman of the youth commission. He happens to be an engineer and has actively been associated with Ajsu. The youth affairs department was being headed by Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto till his resignation yesterday.
Ashok Nag and Brajnesh Vidyarthi have been appointed as members of the commission. While Nag is affiliated to Ajsu, Vidyarthi is a BJP leader. Shahid Akhtar was made chairman of the minority commission. He too has been associated with the BJP. Eight other just-appointed members of this commission too are reportedly associated with either BJP or Ajsu.
“The cabinet approved these appointments after it had lost majority. The way these appointments were notified, clearly indicate underhand dealings of BJP and Ajsu,” alleged JMM central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya.
Art, culture, sports and youth affairs department secretary A.K. Singh, however, maintained that the chief minister’s secretariat had approved the file involving appointments to youth commission on January 7. These appointments were notified on January 8.
Welfare secretary L Khiangte could not be contacted for comment.