Mysuru: With veteran leader and former minister V. Srinivasprasad set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party on January 2, more than 1,000 leaders from the Congress are set to join the saffron party along with him.
Among the leaders following Mr Prasad into the Bharatiya Janata Party is a scholar, who has done his masters in public policy, government, and management from the University of London, post masters in International political economy from London School of Economics and Political Science and post masters in international political economy from London School of Economics where scholars including Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Dr Manmohan Singh had pursued their education.
Mr Naveen Kumar N.M., son of K.R. Mohan Kumar, a close confidant of Srinivasprasad and former chairperson of MUDA is joining BJP along with Mr Prasad, and Ms Sudha Mohan Kumar. Naveen is among the 30 toppers among 650 participants from 60 countries, for his paper on ‘Ideas to innovative challenge’ on the future of global management studies, invited by The Graduate Management Academic Council (GMAC) USA.
An avid wildlife admirer, Naveen who has not drawn any TA/DA or a single rupee as honorarium during his two terms as wildlife warden in Chamarajnagar wildlife division, is considered a messiah by tribals and villagers living on the periphery of the forests, for his unique efforts to bridge the gap between them and forest officers. "Unless there is a cordial relationship between them, there can be no protection of wildlife," he says. A student leader in school and college, he served as general secretary of the Youth Congress in Mysuru and Kodagu units, and has also served as observer of the All India Congress Committee for the Legislative Assembly elections at Vasco da Gama in Goa for a while.
Asked why he wants to be part of the current political system, he replies, “Corruption and filth is the reason. There is a yawning gap between the country’s true potential and what we have achieved. Only qualitative and full-fledged participation in politics can bring about change.”
A progressive farmer practicing organic farming, he has adopted latest farm technologies and has cultivated 53 varieties of crops in his four acres of land. A multifarious personality, he owns ‘Imperial Infra Power India,’a company for renewable energy projects.
Naveen who has been guiding civil service aspirants, plans to come up with a full-fledged NGO to help tribes, conserve forests and motivate youth.
Among those set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party along with Mr Srinivasprasad, 4-5 people may join the party symbolically at the party office in Bengaluru on Monday while the rest will officially join the party soon at a mega convention either in Mysuru or Nanjangud, sources said....