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(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) come elections and the trend of bureaucrats aspiring to turn politicians catches up

The multiplicity of parties has proved to be good hunting ground for them to test their political fortunes. former director-general of police v dinesh reddy who retired recently former ias officers v chandramouli k raju a k goel ram lakshman and v varaprasada rao are set to join the electoral race.

Dinesh reddy who had a public spat with former chief minister n kiran kumar reddy is said to have decided to join bjp. he is keen to contest from ongole lok sabha constituency. in a tactical move ysr congress (ysrc) headed by y s jaganmohan reddy has decided to field chandramouli a retired civil servant in kuppam assembly constituency in chittoor district the home turf of the main opposition telugu desam party chief n chandrababu naidu.

Chandramouli a 1990 batch ias officer superannuated in 2013 but was appointed director general of the centre for development studies (cds) which is part of the andhra pradesh academy of rural development. after being offered the party ticket by ysrc the civil servant who belongs to a backward class community quit his job recently and is gearing up to take the electoral plunge.

Lok satta party (lsp) president dr n jayaprakash narayan is probably the most visible and high-profile case of babu turning a neta. he quit his job as senior civil servant in the late 1990s started an ngo to work for democratic reforms and later converted it into a political party. he now represents kukatpally assembly constituency in the city.

Dr narayan recently announced that he was willing to work as an alliance partner of the bjp-tdp combine. the former bureaucrat is said to be negotiating with bjp and tdp leaders for malkajgiri lok sabha seat in the city.

Meanwhile telangana rashtra samithi (trs) a dominant player in telangana region is also likely to field retired ias officers a k goel and dr s chellappa in the assembly elections. both of them are members of politburo the highest decision-making body of the regional party.

Goel who hails from haryana had a long stint in telangana region and has been associated with the trs since his retirement. dr chellappa former education secretary who belongs to tamil nadu has prepared a policy paper on education in telangana.

Retired dgp p ramulu had also joined politics after retirement. he started his political innings with tdp but later shifted to trs. along with him former ias officer k v ramanachari may also contest in the coming elections.

In the past the state had seen several ias and ips officers entering politics with mixed results. union minister j d seelam is a role model of sorts for ias officers aspiring to seek a career in politics. seelam joined politics after retirement and became member of the union cabinet.

In the recent past former ias officer k raju was handpicked by congress vice-president rahul gandhi and made chairman of congress sc cell. he may be given party ticket in the coming elections.

Ips officer s k jayachandra is keen on testing his political fortunes on trs ticket. ram lakshman an ias officer has also joined trs. ias officers v varaprasada rao d kishore rao and retired officer t chandra sekhar are ready to contest on behalf of ysrc.


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