Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia administered oath of office and secrecy to Neelam Singh and Prof Rajesh Vaid as members of Haryana Public Service Commission at New Delhi on Saturday.
Neelam Singh, who hails from Bhiwani, is wife of Sandeep Singh, a Congress leader from Bhiwani, while Prof Vaid, belonged to Sirsa and was a Congress leader there.
With the induction of these two members, HPSC now has six members, and Manbir Singh Bhadana as its chairman. The other four members are Jagannath, Savita Tayal, Jai Singh Sangwan and Surender Sharma.
Savita Tayal, a retired college principal is the wife of chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda's former principal secretary, ML Tayal; Jagannath is a cousin of former union minister and Ambala MP, Kumari Selja; Sharma is an old associate of Hooda and comes from Kharkhauda assembly segment in Sonepat.
Though Harinder Pal Singh, the district Congress president of Palwal and also a close Hooda associate was also HPSC member, he had to resign on November 14, 2013, after he was arrested in Palwal for being allegedly involved in an attempt-to-murder case.
Meanwhile, reacting over the members' appointment in Delhi, what he termed as haste of ruling Congress government to make such appointments, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) state president Ashok Arora said that the Congress had already admitted its rout in the forthcoming polls, and therefore was making such hasty appointments. "It could not wait for the governor to return to Chandigarh but instead went to Delhi on a holiday to get the members administered oath," he said.
Meanwhile, the appointments are being seen as government's last minute efforts tp accommodate more areas and caste groups in caste-sensitive Haryana and that too well before the model code of conduct comes into effect.