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Aparajita, lady of iron mettle ready for electoral challenge

Administrator turned politician Aparajita Sarangi has categorically said she is open to negotiating big challenges in her new avatar. Sarangi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently at national president Amit Shah’s residence in New Delhi in the presence of Petroleum & Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP’s Odisha unit head Basanta Panda.

Saranagi said she has joined the BJP as a party worker but would spring to the challenge of contesting elections should her party so desires. Without naming any political opponent, Sarangi said she was ready for any challenge.

With over 24 years of diversified administrative experience as an IAS officer, Sarangi is keen to serve a wider cross section of people in politics. Her plunge to the political arena was a meticulously thought plan after deep introspection and consultations with people. She chose the BJP for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unrivalled leadership and the party’s alacrity on development unlike other parties which paid only lip service to development agenda.

“Working with the BJP will give me the opportunity to pursue both. The party’s motto and leaders made me choose the BJP, which not only assures development but also ensures speedy development.”

“I want to work for the people on a very large scale. Politics is the only platform that provides this kind of opportunity. I strongly feel that getting into politics will provide me with a bigger platform, I’ll be able to work with people of Odisha much better”, Sarangi said.

In September this year, Sarangi, a 1994 batch IAS officer opted for VRS with 11 years to spare in her career. Sarangi, wife of Santosh Sarangi, an Odisha cadre IAS officer currently serving as joint secretary in the Department of Commerce, was on central deputation for five years.

During her tenure with the central government, she had had served as a joint secretary of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme under the Ministry of Rural Development. Her term ended in August, after which she opted to voluntarily retire from service.

Before her central deputation, she had served as a secretary in several departments of the Odisha government, including textiles and handlooms, panchayati raj, school and mass education and higher education.

Sarangi played a stellar role in unleashing and implementing a suite of momentous reforms during her stint as the secretary, school & mass education with the Odisha government. A go-getter and workaholic with a penchant for reforms, she is massively popular among the denizens of Bhubaneswar. It is her unrivalled popularity that has stoked speculation on the BJP fielding the former bureaucrat from the prestigious Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency. Permutations are also at work for Sarangi to be allotted any of the three assembly constituencies in Bhubaneswar to take the ruling BJD head on.

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