Former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi to join BJP on November 27

Bhubaneswar: Putting all speculations to rest, former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, who recently opted for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), announced today that she would join the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).

According to reliable sources, Sarangi will be formally joining the BJP on November 27 at New Delhi.

Sarangi, the 1994 batch Odisha-cadre IAS officer, was on central deputation since 2013. She was supposed to return to Odisha in October. However, she had applied for VRS in September this year.

Sarangi’s application for VRS was approved by PM Modi on November 16.

During her stint in Odisha, Sarangi had become a popular face as the Secretary of School & Mass Education department and Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

Earlier, speculations were rife that Sarangi would foray into active politics and this had warmed up political parties towards her with BJD and BJP announcing to extend support to the pro-public officer.