With the examples of Syed Shahabuddin and Yashwant Sinha before them,IAS and IPS officers in Bihar are giving up bureaucratic careers to join politics.
If ex-IAS officer Munilal and ex-IFS officer Mira Kumar will face each other on Sasaram seat,the talk of the town for several months has been Gupteshwar Pande,who has taken VRS from his post of Inspector General of Police (Security) at Patna reportedly in the hope of a BJP ticket from Buxar.
Sources say he is in New Delhi lobbying and staking his claim for Buxar over the BJPs sitting MP from there,Lalmuni Choubey.
With no official confirmation though,Pande is keeping his cards close to his chest. Speaking to The Indian Express from New Delhi,he said: I can only say for now that my VRS has been accepted. I will take to politics if people desire so.
Another former IPS officer ready for poll battle is retired IG Umeshwar Prasad Singh,who is likely to get an NCP ticket.
Bihar State Religious Trust Council chairperson and former IPS officer Kishore Kunal is also in the fray. While earlier there was talk of him seeking a BJP ticket from Nawada,now he insists he wants to remain above party lines.
Kunal claims that some senior BJP leaders,including Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi,had approached him to join politics. However,my conscience doesnt allow met to get attached to a political party because of my image as a social worker, he said,adding that he would be happy to get nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India.
Another name doing the rounds is that of former DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha,who is reportedly in the running for a JD(U) ticket from Nalanda.
Starting with former IPS officer Lalit Vijay Singh,who won from a Janata Dal ticket from Begusarai in 1989,the list of Bihar bureaucrats to have joined politics is long. They include Balbir Chand,who lost from Gaya in 2004; former Delhi Police commissioner Nikhil Kumar,who won from Aurangabad on a Congress ticket in 2004; former IG Fazal Ahmed,who lost from Munger in 1985; former SP Rajendra Sharma,who lost from Jehanabad in 1991; and former Bihar DGP D G Ojha,who was defeated in the 2004 election. Ahmed,Sharma and Ojha are no longer in electoral politics.
The most famous ex-bureaucrats of the state,who went a long way in their new careers,remain Syed Shahabuddin (who won from Kishanganj in 1991) and Yashwant Sinha,who won from Patna in 1991.