Odisha cadre former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi formally joined in the BJP.
The joining was done in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah.
Other senior BJP leaders present on the occasion included union minister Dharmendra Pradhan as well as party chief of the Odisha unit, Basant Panda and state in-charge Arun Singh.
She said that she wants to work for people on a very large scale and thus the politics is the only platform which provides that kind of opportunity.
Welcoming Ms Sarangi in BJP, Dharmendra Pradhan said her “experience in administration” will help in strengthening the party.
Ms Sarangi is a 1994-batch officer and was serving as the Joint Secretary of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act or MGNREGA.
She was serving under the Ministry of Rural Development and had applied for voluntary retirement from service on September 15.>