Former IPS officer from Tamil Nadu ‘Singham Annamalai’ joins BJP

South India

Annamalai Kuppusamy, who joined the BJP in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu BJP state president L Murugan, is expected to be based at Coimbatore or Chennai 

Ending speculations over his entry into politics, former Karnataka IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy embraced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, August 25.

Kuppusamy, who toyed with the idea floating a separate political party aftr he quit his job following the death of a close friend in 2019, joined the saffron party in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu state president Murugan in New Delh.

Popularly known as the ‘Singham’ of Karnataka for his "upright", "honest" and a "brave" action, former IPS officer will test the political waters in his native state of Tamil Nadu, where the BJP is caught between the two Dravidian parties. He is expected to work based in either Coimbatore or Chennai ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections, said a News Minute report.

Hailing from Karur in Tamil Nadu, the former Karnataka cadre IPS officer has served as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru South as well as Superintendent of Police in Udupi and Chikmagalur districts. Following his resignation, he took to organic farming in his hometown, and also started the ‘We the Leaders Foundation’ to help youth acquire better job opportunities.

Kuppusamy’s decision to join BJP has come as a surprise in political circles in Tamil Nadu. A month ago, he had said he was waiting for Rajinikanth to announce his plans, and would take a call on joining the actor’s party. He told Indian Express that his decision to join the BJP was taken a week ago.

“In the past, I’ve said I didn’t want to get labelled with any party. But, over a period of time, I started feeling the country needed a political change as much as a social change. There is lot of misconception about the BJP in Tamil Nadu and there is a need to work to create awareness. I am a nationalist at heart and BJP is the only party that doesn't have nepotism or sycophancy, if I may use that word. I will work for the party relentlessly,” the retired IPS officer was been quoted in the media saying, “

Kuppusamy said Dravidian parties had lost their identity, and family politics was deep-rooted. They have forgotten why they emerged. Many have become family-run enterprises propagating family visions. I can’t imagine myself in a party like that, standing in a queue and expecting the top leader to bless me.

Asked about the 2021 Tamil Nadu elections, Kuppusamy said, “I will do whatever the BJP asks of me. I want to contest the 2021 elections and I want to represent the Tamil Nadu people, but the party will take a final call. It’s for them to decide…”

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