Former IPS officer Asim Arun has joined the BJP after taking voluntary retirement from his service. On Sunday, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BJP UP president Swatantra Dev Singh welcomed him into the party.
Asim Arun on his experience of the BJP administration said, “Under previous government, I used to get calls saying a certain criminal who was arrested is trying to improve. Party workers would come and sit down in the police station. They would give a signal, and many times, we were directed to let the criminal off,”
He admitted that his decision to quit the police force was sudden because he wanted to serve the nation by entering into politics.
He is a senior IPS officer of the 1994 batch. He had taken to Twitter to announce his VRS from the post of Kanpur Police Commissioner, sparking speculation that he would join the BJP and contest the upcoming assembly polls in 2022.
“I still had nine years of service left but there were a lot of things which I couldn't do during my job tenure, so I decided to enter politics. The road ahead is tough but I will stick to it,” he said.
Arun said he would contest the UP assembly polls from whichever seat the party appoints to him. He further added that he would devote himself to work for the upliftment of SC/ST and marginalised communities.“Continuous work is being done by the BJP for the betterment of the underprivileged society and I will take it forward,” he added.
An additional director general of police (ADGP)-rank officer, 51-year-old Asim Arun has previously helmed Uttar Pradesh's Anti-Terrorist Squad, the 112 services besides leading the police force in districts like Aligarh, Gorakhpur and Agra.
Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur said that those who believe in violence flock to the SP while honest officers join the BJP, taking a dig at SP.
“Samajwadi Party welcomes rioters, the BJP inducts those who catch the rioters. SP’s candidates are either in jail or out on bail. We only welcome spotless people here,” said the BJP MP.