As its police superintendent in 1992, he claims he made Palamu a crime-free district. 24 years later, PK Siddharth, 69, ex-IPS officer, is back to this remote, backward district in northwest Jharkhand promising to make it unemployment-free.
Not opting to join any of the national or the regional parties, he launched a political outfit, the Bharatiya Suraaj Dal (BSD) about a year ago and chose Daltonganj as his karmabhoomi.
Politically sensitive, highly-affected by left wing extremism and underdeveloped, Daltonganj has always been the center of politics of heavyweight leaders.
It goes to poll in the first phase on November 25. Siddharth is his party’s candidate here. Among others, his opponents include state rural development and labour
welfare minister, K N Tripathi and state RJD president Girinath Singh, a three-time MLA.
The odds are against this former IPS, who opted to move out of service while he was ADG Tripura, but he has kept his spirits alive. He alleges that his opponents are spending huge money through cash and kind to allure and influence voters. Cash-starved, his party has been unable to even hire enough vehicles to reach out to voters across the large constituency.
“This election is a kind of schooling for me,” he said, campaigning with handful of supporters in the busy Daltonganj vegetable market.
“The country needs new electoral reforms. I am going to fight for it after the polls… my endeavor is to enlighten the people on their voting rights and the responsibilities their chosen leaders owe to them,” he said.