Name of former Uttarakhand DGP Kanchan Bhattacharya was announced by AAP as its Lok Sabha candidate from Haridwar on the same day BJP announced the name of former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh as its nominee for Bagpat constituency in Western UP.
Do you remember the teleseries Udaan aired on DD National in 1989–91? The serial was based on the life of IPS officer Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, India’s first woman Director General of Police (DGP). After a successful career as a bureaucrat, she is making her debut in politics now. The Aam Aadmi Party is fielding her from Haridwar constituency in the upcoming election.
Bhattacharya was just a batch junior to first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi.
The TV serial Udaan, written and directed by Bhattacharya’s sister Kavita Choudhary, was a story of a woman’s struggle who aspired to be an IPS officer. The serial depicted her life before and after becoming an IPS officer. It was the first ever serial made on woman empowerment.
Famous director Shekhar Kapur also acted in the serial, playing the role of an IAS officer proposing to marry the protagonist, Kalyani Singh, IPS.
Incidentally, the name of this former Uttarakhand DGP was announced by AAP as its Lok Sabha candidate on the same day BJP announced the name of former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh as its nominee for Bagpat constituency in Western UP.
Singh is a 1980 batch IPS officer who left his high profile job to enter politics. The Bagpat constituency is currently held by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.
Interestingly, Singh had personally reviewed the security of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare at Ralegan Siddhi during an agitation in 2011 where Kejriwal was also present. After AAP was formed and Singh had resigned from his post, there were rumours that will join the party. His joining BJP was a bit of surprise for people.
Whether they will manage to win their respective constituencies will be a result much awaited.