Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil to join Congress party in Tamil Nadu

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Senthil, a 2009 Karnataka-cadre officer, had shown his affinity towards politics after resignation by participating in many protests against the government, including the anti-NRC/CAA agitations.

Following the footsteps of former Karnataka-cadre IPS officer, K Annamali, a former IAS officer of the same cadre has joined politics in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Assembly election.

While Annamali chose the saffron party, S Sasikanth Senthil, who had resigned from service last year alleging that democracy was being "compromised," has announced his decision to join the Congress party, reported PTI.

Senthil, a 2009 Karnataka-cadre officer, had shown his affinity towards politics after resignation by participating in many protests against the government, including the anti-NRC/CAA agitations. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district when he resigned in September 2019.

He recalled he had said while leaving service that "fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner."

In a statement uploaded on his official Twitter handle, Senthil said the "Congress party is aware of the challenges that the 21st century poses for India and the world and is ready to find solutions alongside the people of the country."

"In the coming days, I look forward to building this organisation by travelling to corners of the country to spread the message of our Constitution and understanding our people and pondering on ways to make their lives better," he said.

He said the Congress party as a movement has been consistent with the founding ideologies of the Constitution and that the "current leadership understands the spirit of this ideological fight and recognises that India has to be for all."

The former bureaucrat said Tamil Nadu "is the final frontier" for divisive forces, adding Tamil people always believed in "social equity".

"I will stand with them until my last breath to protect these core values of Tamil Nadu. I have remained an activist at heart and will continue to do so within the Congress party also," he added.

Annamali, who was popularly known as 'Singham' had joined the BJP in August this year, saying that he was a nationalist at heart and an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

K Annamalai, whose transfer from the post had led to protests by citizens, retired from services in 2019 to engage in social services. After a year's break during which he was engaged in humanitarian activities in Tamil Nadu, Annamalai joined the saffron party (with inputs from PTI)

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