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Haryana Congress ex-chief, former Karnataka ADGP join AAP

After joining the AAP, Tanwar described the party as "ummeed ki kiran" (ray of hope), telling reporters that "Congress has no hope, its leaders are busy fighting among themselves".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 5, 2022 2:54:27 am
On November 23 last year, Tanwar had joined the TMC in Delhi in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she was visiting the national capital.

Former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and ex-Bengaluru top cop Bhaskar Rao joined the AAP Monday, giving a boost to the party’s expansion plans in Haryana and Karnataka where it has already appointed poll in-charges for the next Assembly polls.

Both Tanwar and Rao joined the AAP in Delhi in the presence of party supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Describing the AAP as “not just a party but a symbol of revolution”, Kejriwal said these inductions will help the AAP “drive change at the national level”. Once a close aide of top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Tanwar, a Dalit leader, had quit the grand old party in 2019 after he was removed as the Haryana party chief just ahead of the then state Assembly polls.

Tanwar recently had a brief stint with the Trinamool Congress (TMC). He joined the TMC in November last year in the presence of TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee when the latter was visiting the national capital in a bid to put her party’s growth plans beyond her state on a fast track.

After joining the AAP, Tanwar described the party as “ummeed ki kiran” (ray of hope), telling reporters that “Congress has no hope, its leaders are busy fighting among themselves”.

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On the occasion, Kejriwal said, “My roots go back to Haryana, so I am delighted to see our Haryana unit get strengthened like this.” The AAP national convener was born in Haryana’s Bhiwani district.

In a statement, Kejriwal also claimed that the AAP would “form government in Haryana in the coming days”. “I am certain with the vision of Ashok ji, we will drive change in Haryana too. He hasn’t only worked at the state level but at the national level too, I firmly believe his experience will aid us not only in Haryana but throughout the country now,” he said.

The former IPS officer of Karnataka cadre and a native of Bengaluru, Rao, who was serving as the state ADGP (Railways), demitted office last Friday.

Formally handing over the AAP’s cap to him at a press conference in Delhi, senior AAP leader and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia expressed happiness that the ripples of the AAP’s triumph in Punjab in recent Assembly polls was being “felt” in the southern parts of the country as well.

Rao said, “I was highly impressed with the transformation in the education and health sector of Delhi under AAP. It has changed the landscape of Indian politics by stressing on clean governance and efficient administration.”

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