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From an IPS to a politician, development foremind

Police officers are the upholders of the law and rule that defines a country and strive for the betterment of the people. Here’s what an IPS officer did for his society.

The Superintendent of Police (SP) of Chhota Udepur, PC Baranda, on Wednesday, the 15th of November resigned from the service to contest the upcoming Assembly elections on a BJP ticket.

The 58-year-old, a 2007 batch promotee IPS officer, is likely to contest from Bhiloda constituency, which is a reserved seat for Schedule Tribes (ST). Dr. Anil Joshiyara has held the seat since the past three elections. Baranda claimed that there has been no development in his area.

A notification by the state Home Department said that Baranda has been permitted to retire voluntarily with effect from November 15.

Baranda, a tribal, belongs to Vankatimbvilla age of Bhiloda taluka of Aravalli district. He joined the police force in 1996 as a deputy superintendent of police and subsequently promoted to the IPS cadre in 2007. 

“There is no development in my area at all. There are no roads, transportation, or any kind of infrastructure for many years. The area is not developed at all. For ‘Vikas’, I am going to contest poll from BJP. I will (undertake a) face-lift of the constituency,” said Baranda.

“I want to guide my community people who have supported me. I want to work for the upliftment of people who are deprived. The Congress party or their candidate have done nothing for them. Being in service, I was not able to focus on the community’s development,” he added.

“I submitted my resignation letter a few days back and today I was informed it has been accepted. I will file my nomination from Bhiloda as the BJP candidate in the coming days after getting a green signal from the party. I gave my resignation after the party promised me a ticket. People of my region are still deprived of development because of the Congress MLA. There are many more development works which need to be done in that area,” said Baranda.

Manish Doshi, a spokesperson of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), exuded confidence that Baranda’s candidature would not make a difference to the outcome.

“They may rope any candidate but they are not going to win there. They are trying to mislead people and voters by spreading rumors, but voters are mature and they know very well what BJP has done in past many years,” he said, adding that Joshiyara has carried out many developmental works in the constituency.

Ex-IPS officer PC Baranda has full faith in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of development and will serve the people keeping in mind the BJP’s philosophy of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas (collective efforts, inclusive growth).


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