Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra on Sunday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Mishra joined the saffron party in presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP’s state president Basant Panda and other senior party leaders including KV Singhdeo, Damodar Rout and Biswabhusan Harichandan at party’s ‘Mishrana Parba’ at the state headquarters in Bhubaneswar.
The former top cop of Odisha is speculated to be BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Cuttack seat.
Several leaders and activists of other parties like former Congress MLA Debi Prasanna and ex-BJD MLA Brundaban Majhi also joined the lotus party today.
Mishra, the former Odisha cadre IPS officer, had served the Odisha government as the DGP for two years from July 6, 2012, to 2014.
The Union government posted him as the Directorate General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on December 22, 2014 after he was appointed the Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry.