Hyderabad: Swami Paripoornananda, a seer from Sree Peetham in Andhra Pradesh, on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of its President Amit Shah. He is seen as the “Yogi Adityanath of South India”.
“I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. I have become a member of this family without any expectations. I will work for the country and for my religion. Now, I am a worker of BJP and will work like a karmayogi,” he said after joining the party.
Welcoming Swami Paripoornananda, Shah said the development will boost the BJP’s prospects in the southern states. especially Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
“Our chances of winning in Telangana has increased. He will campaign for the party in Telangana,” he said.
According to the report published in The Week, Paripoornananda was born in Kerala, spent his childhood in Nellore. Later, he became “Sanyasi”. In Kakinada of Andhra Pradesh, he established an ashram. He is also a founder of Sree Peetham, a spiritual organization and Hindu Rashtriya Sena. He is a strong supporter of cow protection.
In July, Swami Paripoornananda was externed from Hyderabad for six months for allegedly making provocative statements against other communities. The Hyderabad High Court suspended the ban in August.
With inputs from IANS