‘Historic day for Telangana’: Thousands arrive to witness Praveen Kumar’s political entry

Former IPS officer and educationist RS Praveen Kumar officially joined the BSP on August 8, at an event titled the 'Bahujan Rajyadhikara Sankalpa Sabha' (Gathering of Bahujan Political Will).

It was an animated Sunday afternoon in Nalgonda, with thousands of people from across Telangana flocking to the NG College ground in town, to witness former IPS officer Dr RS Praveen Kumar’s political entry as he officially joins the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The legacy of Praveen Kumar’s work, especially as Secretary of the Telangana Social and Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions (TSWREIS), has attracted varied groups of people, including several students and alumni of the Swaero movement spearheaded by Praveen Kumar. In an exhilarated tone, Utkuri Saikumar, a 22-year-old postgraduate,told TNM, “I’m very excited about his political entry. It is interesting to see that many people have come here without any political affiliation, just because of his past work. I’m sure he will be successful in politics too.”

Praveen Kumar officially joined the BSP on August 8, at an event titled the ‘Bahujan Rajyadhikara Sankalpa Sabha’ (Gathering of Bahujan Political Will). Praveen Kumar and BSP MP and National Coordinator Ramji Guatam, along with other leaders, were welcomed amid performances by dappu artists. The Nalgonda NG college ground was filled with giant blue-coloured flex boards of Savitribhai Phule, Kanshiram, Ambedkar, Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj and Periyar. Roads leading to Nalgonda were also filled with blue-coloured posters and flex boards, with images of Praveen Kumar, BSP leaders Mayawati and Kanshi Ram, as well as social reformers from the southern states like Periyar and Narayana Guru.

Pavan Kumar, a member of the Telangana Gurukul Parents Association (TGPA) from Rajanna Sircilla district, said, “As a bureaucrat, he has changed the lives of thousands of students like our children by instilling the confidence and zeal for education. As a politician, he will definitely bring change, with ideals of social revolutionaries like Buddha, Phule, Ambedkar and Periyar.”

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