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Will join BJP, contest elections in J&K: Basant Rath
1/9/2023 12:20:30 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 8: Controversial suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Basant Rath on Sunday announced to join ruling BJP to serve the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“I’ll join BJP before the next Parliamentary elections. I’ll stay and work in J and K and Ladakh. No question of going back to Odisha”, Basant Rath tweeted from his personal twitter. Basant Rath’s announcement to join BJP evoked mixed reaction on social media. Rath has massive following on the social media.
“Politics doesn’t come in plate. It isn’t an UPSC exam to be cracked in a year’s solitude. Have guts to launch your own party n struggle for a while. People would love n vote u based on ur grassroots connection not u being a former boss of a battalion or BJP”, a netizen reacted.
“You will not win in Kashmir on a BJP ticket, but if you contest as an independent candidate you will win for sure (100%)”, of his follower tweeted.
Earlier in June 2021, Basant Rath, while announcing to resign from services, hinted to join politics to contest elections in Kashmir.
Basant Rath announced his resignation from service on his Twitter handle. He also posted the resignation letter that he has written to the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.
In his letter addressed to J&K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta and marked to Director General of Police Dilbag Singh and the then Commandant General Home Guard H K Lohia, Rath said “I wish to resign from the Indian Police Service in order to be able to participate in electoral politics. Please consider this letter as my request for resignation/voluntary retirement and process it accordingly”.
In an earlier post about seven hours ago, Rath wrote “If I ever join a political party, it will be BJP. If I ever contest an election, it will be from Kashmir. If I ever join politics, it will be before March 6, 2024.”, he had tweeted.
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