Nearly a decade and half ago,Abani Mohan Joarder was an IPS officer who along with his colleagues arrested the then Trinamool Congress MP Mamata Banerjee as she forced herself into the Writers Buildings.
In 2009,retired from services,Joarder will be campaigning for the same Trinamool Congress and vows to bring change in the state. He might have served the Left Front-ruled West Bengal for years,but his decision to join politics lies in his belief in the countrys democratic spirit. My decision to join politics was not because I favoured one political party. With time I realised that there must be a period when people should rise up to change the administration which for the last 33 years have not been able to live up to the expectations of people and instead indulged in political malice, said Joarder.
According to him,Left Front governments decision to tackle the situation in Nandigram with the help of modern rifles was unwarranted.
He said the discontent among tribals of Lalgarh and Belpahari was overlooked and that the incompetence of the administration to tackle the crisis in the Hills compelled him to rise in protest against the ruling party. The society and administration have reached such a state where people need to protest. I joined politics because I believe that when people like me,who were once involved in the administration,protest then the ordinary people get a better picture of the reality, said Joarder.
Recalling the 1993 incident when he had to arrest Mamata Banerjee,Joarder said that he was asked by the then Commissioner of Police to drop the Trinamool Congress leader in front of her residence in the middle of the night.
At 12 oclock in the night,I was asked to drop a lady on the road. I detested it and refused the order. However,when I was sternly ordered again I told the Commissioner of Police that I am doing the work against my conscience, said Joarder. I cannot forget that day and I still believe that what the administration did was illegal, he added.
Joarder (65) hails from a small village in Nadia district. In 41 years of his career in the police academy,he has served at important posts like SP of Birbhum,South 24 Parganas,North 24 Parganas,Deputy Commissioner of Central Division Kolkata and DIG (training) from where he finally retired.
Despite being offered to contest Lok Sabha elections on a Trinamool ticket,Joarder says that campaigning against the ruling party is the best option for him since he is not after political power.
As I had once taken the vow to work for the benefit of common people,it is my moral duty to make people aware that a change is needed. Trinamool Congress is the most transparent,simple and genuine Opposition party with a leader who is active and concerned, he added.