Ex-cop to con­test polls, vows clean pol­i­tics

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

bengaluru — Anu­pama Shenoy, a for­mer woman po­lice of­fi­cer in Kar­nataka, has en­tered pol­i­tics to be­come a law­maker and po­lice politi­cians who make prom­ises but don’t ful­fil them.

“I have en­tered pol­i­tics, floated a party to con­test in the May 12 state assem­bly elec­tions and be­come a law­maker to po­lice politi­cians so that they ful­fil their prom­ises and fear any wrong­do­ing,” Shenoy said in an in­ter­view here.

Shenoy, 37, a 2010 batch of­fi­cer of the Kar­nataka State Po­lice Cadre, re­signed as Kudligi Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (DySP) in Bal­lari district in June 2016 af­ter a spat with a state cab­i­net min­is­ter and a lo­cal liquor baron.

As Shenoy could not get jus­tice within the ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tem or serve the peo­ple to her sat­is­fac­tion, she de­cided to em­power her­self by plung­ing into pol­i­tics.

As I was in the po­lice depart­ment for four years, I am teach­ing my party mem­bers how to po­lice politi­cians for the good of the peo­ple and the state. Anu­pama Shenoy, for­mer cop

Though Shenoy floated the Bharatiya Janashakti Congress (BJC) on Novem­ber 1, 2017, she reg­is­tered it on Fe­bru­ary 18 with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC), which al­lot­ted it the “lady’s fin­ger” (bhindi) sym­bol on March 15 to con­test in the assem­bly polls and the Lok Sabha elec­tions in 2019.

“I am in pol­i­tics to cre­ate a new lead­er­ship in the state, as the youth in the three main par­ties have no space to be­come lead­ers un­less they are wealthy to con­test elec­tions,” as­serted Shenoy. The rul­ing Congress in the state is be­ing chal­le­neged by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Sec­u­lar (JD-S).

As a green­horn in pol­i­tics, Shenoy knows she can­not come to power, but wants to get into the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem any­way so as to en­sure bet­ter gov­er­nance, clean ad­min­is­tra­tion and ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of ser­vices to the peo­ple across the state. “Our party will con­test in about 30 con­stituen­cies, with seven-eight in Bengaluru, three in Vi­jaya­pura, two each in Ba­galkot, Kal­aburgi, My­suru and Udupi, and the re­main­ing in other dis­tricts of the state. I plan to con­test from Kaup seg­ment in the coastal Udupi district,” said an up­beat Shenoy.

For the 225-mem­ber assem­bly, in­clud­ing one nom­i­nated, a sin­gle­phase polling will be held in 224 con­stituen­cies on May 12, with the count­ing on May 15.

“I want to make my party a plat­form for the youth and any­one com­mit­ted to chang­ing the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and serv­ing the peo­ple bet­ter. Their eco­nomic and so­cial back­grounds do not mat­ter,” she af­firmed.

Can­di­dates con­test­ing on the BJC ticket, how­ever, should have no crim­i­nal back­ground or po­lice cases against them and should know to read and write Kan­nada, the state’s na­tive lan­guage. —

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