Two Haryana-cadre Indian Police Service officers - Vikash Narain Rai and Ranbir Sharma - formally joined Aam Aadmi Party respectively at Karnal and Chandigarh on Saturday.
Rai originally hails from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and served in Haryana and Special Protection Group (SPG). He had retired as director, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, in December 2012.
Rai's wife is the principal at a private school at Karnal.
"It was a mutual effort (on joining party). I thought if my presence motivates AAP leadership then I should support their ideology for transparency," said Rai, clarifying that he had not joined the front with any political ambition.
Ranbir Sharma, who had recently taken a voluntary retirement, is the son-in-law of Haryana BJP leader and former union minister of state for home ID Swami. Sharma got the party membership in the presence of AAP national executive member Naveen Jaihind. Jaihind hails from Rohtak.
Interacting with newspersons subsequently, Sharma said he realised during his about three-decade stint in the police that the scope for welfare of people was limited as a police official, hence the decision to join AAP. He referred to his old association with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal because of some social activities and held that he was convinced that the country would have a better future under the leadership of Kejriwal.
While Jaihind held that with the members like Sharma the AAP would be further strengthened, Sharma said that he had joined the party to be able to work for justice and welfare of the people and not for any position in the party or any financial gains. He also highlighted his efforts to spread awareness among masses against various social evils through his social forum ``Lok Swaraj''.
To the question whether the BJP of which his father-in-law Swami was a leader would have any influence on him or AAP, he answered in negative.
To another question if there were other IAS and IPS officers from Haryana keen to join AAP, Jaihind said there were about a dozen but refused to name them. On IAS officer Ashok Khemka, he held though AAP sought involvement of all the honest officials including Khemka, it was up to them to join AAP.