Jaipur: Rajasthan IPS officer Pankaj Choudhary will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019 from one of the seven constituencies in western Rajasthan. The constituency from which he will fight the election has not been decided yet. He was terminated from his service on March 7, 2019, for the alleged grave personnel misconduct.
The announcement was made by him in a press conference in Jaipur on Thursday. He says that he will prove all the allegations against him wrong. He will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from any of the seven constituencies of western Rajasthan.
He said that he always wanted to work towards the development of the country so he joined IPS. Now that he has been terminated, he wants to serve as a public representative against the caste and religion-based politics. His only motto is to serve the nation without any biases, he added.
Rajasthan IPS officer Pankaj Kumar Chaudhary was terminated
from his service due to the alleged grave personnel misconduct. He, without legally separating from his wife, was living with another woman and fathered a child, as per the reason cited for his dismissal. An order from the ministry of home affairs (MHA) dated February 19 was pasted outside his official residence at Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur on March 7.
The IPS officer had been at loggerheads with the government for a long time, publically criticizing its policies in the BJP government as well as the Congress government.
IPS Pankaj Chaudhary was in controversies over the past year several times due to his statements. He accused senior IPS and IAS officers of corruption. He reopened the case of history sheet Ghazi Fakir, father of local Congress MLA Saleh Mohammed in Barmer.
The dates for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections were announced on Sunday by Election Commission of India. Polling in Rajasthan on 25 seats will be held on April 29 (Phase 4) and May 6 (Phase 5). The results will be announced on May 23.
Thirteen constituencies including Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota, and Jhalawar-Baran will go on polls on April 26 in the state.
And the elections of 12 Lok Sabha constituencies including Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa, and Nagaur will take place on May 6.
First published: March 14, 2019