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Thursday , February 13 , 2014
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IAS, IPS officers try their luck in politics
Ex-babu in BJP to learn the ropes

Ranchi, Feb. 12: Former IAS officer Mukhtiyar Singh formally joined the BJP last evening, plunging into active politics that often acts as a magnet for bureaucrats.

However, Singh is in no hurry to venture into the electoral battlefield straightway. Instead he is banking on his experience as a babu to gain a toehold in the new arena.

“I have worked with most top-ranking BJP leaders in Jharkhand and I like the party’s principles. That is why I decided to join the BJP. As of now, all I can say is I will honestly shoulder my new responsibilities. The rest is for senior party leaders to decide,” the former development commissioner told The Telegraph.

A native of Sonepat in Haryana, Singh joined the IAS of Bihar cadre in 1974. After the new state was carved out of Bihar in 2000, he opted to work for Jharkhand. As a strict bureaucrat, he never hesitated to lock horns with his ministerial bosses and call a spade a spade.

After retiring from the services in 2007, Singh, known as a hard taskmaster, went on to become the chairman of the state finance commission. Subsequently, he became the head of the state electricity regulatory commission (2008-2012).

Party insiders claimed that Singh’s sudden induction into the fold had come as a shot in the arm for BJP, which is desperately trying to revive its base in Jharkhand.

Jut a few months ago, state’s former director-general of police V.D. Ram joined the BJP. Interestingly, both Singh and Ram are believed to have joined the party at the behest of former chief minister Arjun Munda.

“Fielding strong candidates is important, but efficient poll management is equally important. These former officials will come handy in working out effective strategies and handling various organisational issues,” said a senior BJP leader.

State BJP president Ravindra Rai claimed a number of high-profile former bureaucrats were set to join the party in the coming days, and added that their expertise and experience would be effectively utilised to fight new challenges ahead.

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