Making mockery of the democratic system, a member of the Haryana Staff Selection Committee (HSSC) on Wednesday held a press conference for his father, a retired Congress leader, to praise Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Lalit Kumar Butana is known for his proximity to the appointed and had been repeatedly given extensions by Hooda for the covet post of the HSSC, a statutory body.
HSSC has a mandate to appoint human resource for the local bodies, including municipality, municipal corporation, town improvement, trust, zila parishad or panchayat samiti.
Butana, on Wednesday, personally called journalists, including this reporter, to convey the message for a press conference to be convened by his father Chanda Singh.
Singh was elected legislator from Nilokheri segment of the district in 1968 and 1982 and remained minister in his last term.
Singh, 85, who is politically inactive due to his age, addressed the reporters at his son's residence here.
Butana not only received journalists, but personally distributed printed copies of press release containing political message supporting Hooda.
Butana frequently suggested his ageing father on what to comment at the conference. However, he did not comment anything directly on the achievements of Hooda and his government.
In his address, Singh called Hooda a true mass leader who had ensured overall development in the state, particularly northern Haryana. Singh called Panipat city legislator Balbir Pal Shah, who had resigned from the assembly on Sunday, an honest and mass leader of Punjabis.
"But Shah and others targeting Hooda for lopsided developments are pained for their political losses. Hooda had introduced major development projects in the districts of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Yamunanagar," he said.
Terming it an unfortunate practice, academicians urged the chief minister to intervene to maintain the integrity of the HSSC.
"The presence of an HSSC member at a political function puts a serious question mark on the fair functioning of the commission. The member should not participate in any political activity even if his or her family members are stakeholders," said Pardeep Sachdeva, chairman of department of public administration, Kurukshetra University.
He said in the recent years, the role of the public recruitment agencies remained under cloud and such instances showed how the things were managed at the higher levels.
Sachdeva said the commission member should also clarify that his work of appointing officials was not influenced by his father or political masters.