Former Director General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and ex-police chief of Odisha Prakash Mishra on Sunday (24 March) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the party’s state headquarters in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
The BJP has announced Mishra, who headed the Odisha police from 2012 to 2014, as its candidate from the Cuttack Lok Sabha seat of the state.
Shortly after joining the party, Mishra, who retired as the head of CRPF in 2016, praised the Centre’s response to the Pulwama terror attack. He also criticised the state’s Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal government, terming it ‘discredited’. He also praised the Centre’s response to the Pulwama terror attack, reports Hindustan Times.
“All the countries are praising India the way we responded to the terror attack on CRPF at Pulwama. Whenever there was an attack on security, PM Modi would speak to us directly. Instead of supporting such an inspiring leadership, if we follow a discredited government in Odisha, then we will have no future,” Mishra was quoted in the report as saying.