BJP May Field Prakash Mishra For Cuttack LS

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra will join BJP here today afternoon. Mishra may also contest the upcoming polls from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat.

According to media reports, the retired IPS officer will be the second high-profile former bureaucrat to embrace the BJP after Aparajita Sarangi, whom the party has fielded from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat.

An IPS officer of the 1977 batch, his relationship with the ruling BJD, however, has been tumultuous. The state government refused to relieve Mishra for central deputation after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh sought him for the post of special secretary in MHA. He was instead shunned to a relatively inconsequential post of CMD of the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation.

The Odisha government also slapped a vigilance case on him, weeks ahead of the selection of CBI chief, spoiling his his chances of getting the top post, in April 2015. The Orissa High Court, however, later quashed the case against Mishra, who was then the CRPF DG.

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