Putting an end to the speculation about his political entry, former IPS officer Kuppusamy Annamalai joined the BJP on Tuesday (August 25), asserting that he would work to bring the “nationalist spirit” to Tamil Nadu.
“I will work to strengthen what the BJP stands for,” the 36-year-old former police officer, who has been involved in social work since quitting the IPS, told reporters. Annamalai heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he embodied a leader’s qualities of fearlessness, courage, knowledge and giving spirit.
Former IPS officer Shri Annamalai Kuppuswamy joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an event in New Delhi.@JPNadda@Murugan_TNBJP@annamalai_k@PMuralidharRao pic.twitter.com/z810FmYQII
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BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, the party’s in-charge for Tamil Nadu, said the BJP had been attracting people from different segments into its fold in the state, which has been traditionally dominated by the two Dravidian parties, DMK and AIADMK.
Rao said it was very important to strengthen nationalist movement in Tamil Nadu, which will go to the assembly polls in the first half of the next year. Tamil Nadu BJP chief L Murugan was also present at the ceremony. Annamalai later met BJP national president JP Nadda.
(With inputs from agencies)