Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cadre IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, who took VRS two weeks back, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday. Party president Amit Shah and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present during her official entry to the national party in New Delhi. According to reports, Sarangi will contest from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha in 2019 general elections.
The 1994-batch IAS officer Aparajita had applied for voluntary retirement this year in September. Her application for VRS was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 16. During her stint in Odisha, Aparajita served as the Secretary of School & Mass Education Department and Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
According to reports, the BJP may give her an important role in Odisha ahead of Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
Speaking on the decision to join politics, Aparajita told that she wanted to serve the people of the state. She tweeted,
A new journey begins….looking forward to working with and for the people of Odisha.I seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath and good wishes of all. pic.twitter.com/jpzreqI6xu
— Aparajita Sarangi (@AprajitaSarangi) November 27, 2018
She is married to Santosh Sarangi who is currently serving as Joint Secretary under the Union Commerce ministry. Since 2013, Aparajita was on central deputation and was supposed to return to Odisha this October. But she opted VRS, 11 years ahead of her superannuation.