Ex-IPS officer Annamalai explains why he joined BJP

Over a year after he suddenly quit the police force, former Karnataka cadre IPS officer K. Annamalai has now joined the BJP to “serve” the people of his home state, Tamil Nadu.

“I found that the BJP was the best fit for me. This decision was taken after careful consideration,” he said.

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.

After serving as a police officer for many years, Kuppusamy quit his job in 2019. He then took to organic farming in his hometown, and also started the ‘We the Leaders Foundation’ to help youth acquire better job opportunities.

On Tuesday, Annamalai joined the BJP in New Delhi in the presence of the party’s general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan, and later met national president J P Nadda and general secretary (Organisation) B L Santosh.

He will be associated with the party unit in Tamil Nadu, which is his home state and has said he would work to bring the “nationalist spirit” there.

Welcoming the former officer to “BJP family”, party’s Karnataka president Nalin Kumar Kateel in a tweet said, “BJP is the party consisting of nationalists and genuine patriots.Every citizen who has the goal of serving the nation will support BJP.”

Annamalai said his decision to join the BJP was taken a week ago. He said he was entering politics as the country needed better governance, and there was a need to put the common man at the centre of the narrative.

“In the past, I’ve said I didn’t want to get labeled with any party. But, over a period of time, I started feeling the country needed a political change as much as a social change. I felt the BJP was a natural fit for me because my principles aligned with them. They provide a platform to leaders based on merit. It’s a nationalist party with a larger vision for the country, which is why I decided to join them,” he said.