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Former Bihar DGP Gupteshar Pandey joins JD(U)

JD(U) National President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar presents the membership slip to former DGP Gupteshwar Pandey as he joins the party in Patna.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Former Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey on Sunday joined ruling Janata Dal (United). Mr. Pandey is likely to contest upcoming assembly poll on JD(U) ticket from Buxar seat. 

Mr Pandey joined JD(U) at the official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in presence of Mr. Kumar and party leaders Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Vijay Chaudhury and Ashok Chaudhury. 

“I was called by the Chief Minister and asked to join the party…whatever the party asks me to do, I will do. I don’t understand politics…I’m a simple person who has spent his time working for the downtrodden section of society”, Mr. Pandey told media persons.

Earlier on Saturday, he had reached JD(U) party office to meet the Chief Minister there but, after coming out had said that it was not a political meet and he had come to “thank” Mr. Kumar for the freedom he had given him to work as a DGP of the State. 

Recently Mr Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer, had taken voluntary retirement from services. He was to retire in February 2021. Earlier in 2009 too, he had taken VRS from services to contest the Lok Sabha poll but when he failed to get the ticket at the last minute, he was controversially reinstated in the services after nine months.

Mr. Pandey had recently made headlines because of his statements over Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. 

Bihar is scheduled to go to the polls in three phases from October 29 and the counting will be held on November 10. 

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