Former IPS officer B Bhaskar Rao, a native of Karnataka, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Monday after serving in the police force for 32 years in various positions. The 1990 batch Indian Police Service officer of Karnataka cadre was officially inducted into AAP by its national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other AAP leaders were also present at Kejriwal’s residence on the occasion.
“I am confident that Rao will prove to be an asset to AAP and strengthen his foothold not only in Karnataka, but across the country,” Kejriwal said in a statement.
He said a “well-connected leader” like Rao, who is already familiar with the issues facing the people of Karnataka, is a significant addition to the AAP’s movement in the state.
Kejriwal said, “AAP is not a political party, but a movement. When people join our movement and work together for the progress of our society, only then we will be able to take our country forward.”
Later addressing a press conference, Rao said he joined AAP as he was “influenced” by Kejriwal’s “life path and his leadership” as well as his Delhi governance model, which is now replicated in Punjab. He is going.
“My views are in line with AAP’s mission of providing an honest governance model to the common people,” he said.
Rao, a native of Bengaluru, claimed that people in Karnataka have lost faith in their government and also want change (change) in the state because what they have seen during the rule of “traditional parties” is “corruption”. increase and”. misrule”.
“Common people want quality education, health facilities, safety and security, good roads… But in Karnataka only people change, the system remains the same,” he said.
The former IPS officer said that Kejriwal’s model of governance should not be confined to Delhi and Punjab only.
“It should be extended to Karnataka as well from 6,600 gram panchayats to the Vidhan Sabha,” he said, adding, “We will bring a big wave of change in the coming days in Karnataka as well and have a major impact on the political scenario of the state. ” ,
Senior AAP leader Sisodia said that Rao is known as the “Public Commissioner” in Karnataka, as he worked for the people during the COVID-19 pandemic while posted as Bengaluru’s police commissioner.
“When the state government and political parties failed to protect their people, they came forward to take the responsibility of social welfare at the individual level to ensure the availability of a proper health system during the pandemic,” he said in the press conference. .
Sisodia called upon those who feel connected to the people and are dedicated to serve the nation for its development, to join AAP.
AAP’s Karnataka unit convener Prithvi Reddy, state election in-charge and Timarpur MLA Dilip Pandey, organization secretary Damodaran and other leaders shared the stage with Rao and Sisodia at the press conference.
Rao, who was serving as Additional Director General of Police (Railways), had resigned from the service in September last year citing personal reasons.
He left his office on Friday to join AAP after the Karnataka government accepted his resignation and relieved him of his duties.
Rao’s joining is seen as a shot in the hands of the AAP as it prepares for the Karnataka Assembly elections next year and the Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Greater Bengaluru Municipal Corporation) elections this year.
Party leaders believe that the former IPS officer’s popularity and clout will help the Aam Aadmi Party better implement its expansion plan for the assembly elections in the state, which is currently ruled by the BJP.
AAP had contested the Karnataka Assembly elections for the first time in 2018, fielding candidates on 28 of the total 124 assembly seats. But, his account could not be opened.
With its resounding victory in Punjab, the party is hoping to strengthen its hold in the southern state this time.
During his service, Rao held various positions and served as the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, State Transport Commissioner and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) – Internal Security.
He received the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2015, the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2008 and the United Nations Medal for Services rendered in International Peacekeeping on a Battlefield in 2000.
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