Confirming her determination to TOI, Sarangi mentioned she would join the party at its headquarters in New Delhi, within the presence of the party’s high brass and senior leaders from the state’s wing of the BJP. Sarangi, from the 1994 Odisha cadre, had just lately opted for voluntarily retirement after finishing a five-year tenure on central deputation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had permitted of her utility on November 15, after the state authorities advisable the identical.
When requested what prompted her to join politics — an act that may end in her dropping 11 years from the IAS, Sarangi mentioned she needed to serve folks. “After my induction in the party, I will return to Bhubaneswar either the following day or on November 29. I will make my stand clear,” she mentioned.
Speculations are rife that the saffron party will give her essential accountability in Odisha, forward of the 2019 common and meeting elections. Popular throughout her tenure as commissioner of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation from 2006 to 2009, Sarangi may be fielded from the Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituency. “I will join as a normal worker,” she nonetheless added.
Originally from Bihar, Sarangi is married to IAS batchmate Santosh, who’s the joint secretary beneath the Union ministry of commerce.
During her stint with the Odisha authorities, Sarangi had served as secretary within the departments of faculty and mass schooling, increased schooling, textiles and handlooms and panchayati raj.
Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram mentioned her becoming a member of BJP is a optimistic sign. “She will be an asset for us,” Jual mentioned.
BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Prashanta Nanda mentioned the becoming a member of may have no impression on the BJD. “Only time will tell how beneficial she will be to the BJP,” Nanda mentioned.