It is election season, and parties make a show of important people joining them. Three recently-retired top government officers joined the BJP in the presence of party president Rajnath Singh and other leaders on Friday evening at the party’s central office.
The most prominent among them is former home secretary RK Singh, a Bihar cadre IAS officer who had famously arrested BJP leader LK Advani during his controversial rath-yatra in 1990 at the orders of the then Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav.
On Friday, RK Singh claimed that the BJP is the only party that took a hard line on the question of national interests, and without naming Congress he said that other parties played to vote banks which overrode national security. Singh asserted that he believed in a hard line on questions of national interests, and this was in line with the BJP stance.
He denied that he had ever used the words “saffron terrorism” or “Hindu terror”, and those were the words that home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had used.
Two other bureaucrats who joined the party were RS Pande, who was Nagaland chief secretary and who was the government’s interlocutor in the peace talks with the rebels, and Dharam Singh, who retired this year as the chief amdinistrative officer in the railways.