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Ex-DGP, a Mayawati man, joins BJP

Former UP DGP Brijlal joined BJP in presence of Om Mathur and senior party officials.

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Former DGP Brijlal (extreme right) with senior BJP leader Om Mathur and Laxmikant Bajpai after joining the party, in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Former UP DGP Brijlal, who was considered close to BSP chief Mayawati and served on prime postings including the top post in police during the previous regime, Wednesday joined BJP in presence of party state in-charge Om Mathur and senior party officials.

Another retired IPS officer, Gyan Singh, who retired as DIG (Homeguards) in 2013, and former MLA Rajendra Prasad Singh Patel too joined the BJP at the same event where party’s state president Laxmikant Bajpai too was present.

“Brijlal is joining the BJP and will start his political innings. During his tenure as IPS, he never compromised with criminal elements and dealt with them with iron hands. He wanted to work under leadership of Narendra Modi,” Bajpai told reporters.

Brijlal was posted as ADG (law and order) soon after BSP came to power in 2007 and was later elevated to state DGP. The Election Commission (EC), however, had removed him from the post of DGP before the 2012 Assembly polls on the complaints of opposition parties and the BJP had then welcomed the EC’s move.

Brij Lal was powerful Dalit officer in Mayawati government and it was speculated that he may join BSP after retirement.