The sudden decision by senior IPS officer Dr RS Praveen Kumar to opt for voluntary retirement from government service on Monday has sparked debate in media circles.
According to speculation in media circles, Praveen Kumar is soon to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
We learn that he submitted his papers only at the request of the president and chief minister of the TRS, K Chandrasekhar Rao.
There is a discussion that Praveen Kumar could be put forward as the Huzurabad assembly constituency party’s candidate for the ensuing by-elections against former Health Minister Eatala Rajender who will be the BJP candidate of the constituency.
Interestingly, the announcement of voluntary retirement by Praveen Kumar came a day after the Chief Minister declared the launch of the Rs 1,200 croe Dalit Bandhu scheme on a pilot basis from Huzurabad assembly constituency , obviously with an eye on the by-elections.
Praveen Kumar has been the secretary of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Institutions Society (TSWREIS) for nine years and associated with the Swaroes Movement of Dalits, which has become a big movement in Telangana in recent years.
According to sources, Praveen Kumar had been toying with the idea of entering politics for some time as he felt it was the only way to serve a larger section of society.
His brother-in-law, Dr M Anand, is already a ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi party MP from Vikarabad assembly constituency.
So, when KCR proposed his name for the assembly seat in Huzurabad, he readily accepted it and announced his voluntary retirement.
“Huzurabad has 45% Dalit voters. The entry of Praveen Kumar will be a game-changer in favor of TRS,” sources said.
The outgoing IPS officer, however, told a channel that he had not yet decided whether to enter politics, let alone contest from Huzurabad.
“Please allow me to take a break to deal with my personal issues. After that, I’ll take a call. It is too early to talk about politics,” he said.
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