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Paripoornananda, the 'Yogi Adityanath of the South', Joins BJP in Poll-Bound Telangana

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday expressed confidence that his induction will boost the party’s prospects in the polls.

New Delhi: In poll-bound Telangana, the BJP has inducted Swami Paripoornananda, pontiff of Kakinada Sree Peetham in Andhra Pradesh to strengthen its prospects for the December 7 elections.

In New Delhi to officially join the party, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday expressed confidence in the ‘Yogi Adityanath of the South’ as the founder of the Hindu Vahini has been called previously, and said that his induction will boost the party’s prospects in the December 7 polls.

“His joining the BJP will infuse new energy into the party and boost its election prospects in Telangana,” Shah, flanked by Paripoornananda and party general secretary Ram Madhav, told reporters.

“He will definitely play a major role (in polls). The BJP Parliamentary Board is meeting in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss how to utilise his services. A decision on whether to ask him to contest (the elections) will also be taken tomorrow,” N.V.S.S. Prabhakar, the BJP MLA from Uppal in Hyderabad who first introduced Amit Shah to Paripoornananda in September, told the Indian Express.

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Paripoornananda said he would work as a ‘sevak’ of the BJP with zero expectation and spread its message to southern parts of the country.

Paripoornananda was recently externed from Hyderabad by the city police for allegedly making provocative speeches but got a stay on the order from a court.

A Hindutva leader and strong votary of building Ram temple in Ayodhya, he may be fielded by the BJP in election, party sources said.

(With inputs from PTI)