Jharkhand: Senior bureaucrats set to join BJP

  • B Vijay Murty, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 13:07 IST

Two senior IPS officers and an IAS officer in the Jharkhand government are likely to join the BJP and contest the assembly polls beginning November 25.

If things go to plan, Bokaro inspector general of police (IG) Laxman Prasad Singh and IG, police headquarters and training, Sheetal Oraon will don the saffron cap on Tuesday. Preparations are on to welcome the two officers at the state BJP office in Ranchi.

The surprise visit of J B Tubid, principal secretary in the Jharkhand government, to the BJP office on Monday raised speculations of his joining the saffron brigade ahead of filing of nominations beginning on Tuesday.

Tubid had in the past evinced interest of joining active politics and contesting election from Chaibasa, his home town, in West Singhbhum district.

While Tubid could not be reached for comments, BJP leader and ex-legislator Saryu Roy said the senior bureaucrat had been keen to contest elections but may not yet have made up his mind just yet.

"I will have to find out the motive behind his visit to the party office today (Monday)," Roy added.

Singh and Oroan were relatively clear on their stand.

"I had applied for voluntary retirement and thankfully (am) getting it sooner," Singh said, adding, "For the last five years, I have been involved in a lot of social activities. The people want me to serve them in a different role.

"So my joining politics is primarily to serve the needy."

Known as a flexible officer, Singh was friendly with top leaders of almost all political parties and used his contacts to bag early promotions and prime postings, political observers say.

In the BJP, he is considered very close to ex-chief minister, Arjun Munda, who played a vital role in getting him into the party. If given the party ticket, Singh would contest from Dhanbad.

With few more months of service left, Singh's ex-colleague, Sheetal Oraon, took voluntary retirement recently and has now decided to explore greener pastures in politics.

On why he chose the BJP, the officer said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's good governance had lured him towards the saffron party. If given a chance to contest, Oraon would claim his candidature for the Lohardaga constituency, which is also his home town.

BJP is likely to go for a pre-poll alliance with the AJSU Party. If that happens, Oraon's candidature for Lohardaga will most likely be passed over as the seat is currently represented by AJSU Party's Kamal Kishore Bhagat in the assembly.

"Whether obliged or declined the ticket, I will remain loyal to BJP," Oraon said.

Jharkhand ex-DGP, Vishnu Dayal Ram had successfully contested the parliamentary poll held in April from Palamu. He is inspiring many in the service to embrace politics.

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