Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Welcome to the AAP family, Shri Bhaskar Rao ji. Your experience in public service will definitely help AAP to strengthen and grow in Karnataka.”
New Delhi: Taking a stride towards possibility of its national expansion, Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced the induction of B Bhaskar Rao, a 1990-batch Karnataka cadre ex-IPS officer and a native of Bengaluru, in the party. He joined the AAP after serving the police force for 32 years in various capacities. Former Lok Sabha MP and former President of Haryana Congress, Ashok Tanwar, also joined the fold on Monday.
Welcoming the former police officer, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Welcome to the AAP family, Shri Bhaskar Rao ji. Your experience in public service will definitely help AAP to strengthen and grow in Karnataka.”
Rao joined the party in presence of Karnataka unit convenor Prithvi Reddy, election in-charge for the state and Timarpur MLA Dilip Pandey and organisation secretary Damodaran at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Tanwar, however, joined the party in presence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Rao demitted his office on Friday to join the AAP after the Karnataka government accepted his resignation and relieved him of his duties. He had resigned last year from his service citing personal reasons.
Rao, during his service, worked in various positions including Bengaluru Police Commissioner, State Transport Commissioner and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)-Internal Security. He has been awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2015, Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2008 and United Nations Medal for the Services rendered in International Peacekeeping in a warzone in 2000.