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“BJP has more Pan-India presence”: Former Bengaluru top cop Bhaskar Rao joins BJP

Ex-IPS officer and former Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao quit the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in May.

Bhaskar Rao joins BJP

Former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao was the Chairman of AAP’s Manifesto Committee and joined the party in April last year. The former Additional Director General (ADGP)-ranked official cited a “lack of transparency” in AAP as the reason for his exit from the party. He also said the party collects “donations in the name of fighting corruption”.

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“I joined BJP after seeing the works of the PM. There’s a lack of transparency in the party (AAP). It is run like a multinational corporation. Donations are collected in name of fighting corruption,” he said. Reported Hindustan Times.

Reason to join BJP?

“I think I can contribute more to BJP. It has a huge pan-India presence. PM Modi’s vision inspired me to join the party. AAP isn’t distant to grow, they are in hands of a coterie, it’s shameful two of its ministers are in jail. There’s no clarity in the party,” Rao said.

The 58-year-old decided to join the BJP after holding a meeting with Karnataka revenue minister R Ashoka, Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai, who was also a former IPS officer and the BJP’s co-in-charge for the upcoming crucial polls, and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday.

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The Ex-IPS officer had taken up voluntary retirement last year citing personal reasons and joined the AAP, with an eye on securing a ticket from the Basavanagudi Assembly constituency.