Aparajita Sarangi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byPrasanna Kumar Patasani
Personal details
Aparajita Mishra

(1969-10-08) 8 October 1969 (age 53)
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseSantosh Kumar Sarangi
ChildrenArchita Sarangi, Shikhar Sarangi

Aparajita Sarangi (née Mishra; born 8 October 1969[1]) is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party and the incumbent Member of Parliament from Bhubaneswar.[2] A former Odisha cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1994 batch, Sarangi quit her job and joined the BJP on 27 November 2018 to contest the 2019 Indian general election.[3][4] She was fielded against Biju Janata Dal's Arup Patnaik.[5]

Sarangi was awarded with the Shakti Samman in 2012.[6] She had last served as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and has also worked as Bhubaneswar Municipal Commissioner and secretary of the state's mass education department.[7][2] Her husband, Santosh Sarangi, is also an IAS officer of the same batch.[8]

Early life and education

Aparajita was born to Ajit Mishra and Kusum Mishra in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar on 8 October 1969.[1] Her father Ajit was a professor of English.[2][9]

She passed matriculation from Mount Carmel School, Bhagalpur, Bihar. She was the head of the School Cabinet. She graduated in English (Honours) from S.M. College, Bhagalpur University.[1] She cleared the Civil Services Examination in 1994 at the age of 24.

Civil service

Aparajita joined the Indian Administrative Service from 1994 batch of Odisha cadre.[citation needed]

In 1996 she served as Sub-Collector of three Sub-Divisions and Additional District Magistrate. From 1998 to 2006 she served as Collector and District Magistrate of Khordha, Nuapada, Koraput, and Bargarh. From 2006 to 2009 she served as the Municipal Commissioner of Bhubaneswar. In 2009 she was appointed Secretary in various departments like School Education, Panchayati Raj and Textile in Government of Odisha.[10] In 2013 she moved to Central government as Joint Secretary for Ministry of Rural Development in the Government of India.[11] She retired as a civil servant in 2018 after taking voluntary retirement.[12][13]


After taking retirement as a civil servant, Aparajita Sarangi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and later contested elections.

She was later appointed as member of parliamentary committees.[14] She was also appointed as a spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[15]


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  2. ^ a b c Mohanty, Meera (23 March 2019). "Former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi puts in long hours as politician too". The Economic Times. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi joins BJP". The Hindu. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ Chaki, Bijay (22 April 2019). "Arup Patnaik vs Aparajita Sarangi battle to go down to wire". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ Nanda, Prashant (28 March 2019). "Odisha polls: It's IAS vs IPS in Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat". Mint. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Aparajita Sarangi Felicitated with Shakti Samman". Odisha 360. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ Sen, Amiti (16 April 2019). "The development-oriented focus of the BJP inspired me: Aparajita Sarangi". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ Das, Prafulla (20 April 2019). "Fierce contest among 2 political novices, 1 seasoned leader". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Woman with a midas touch".
  10. ^ "Aparajita Sarangi transferred | Bhubaneswar News - Times of India". The Times of India. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Odisha lose another efficient IAS officer – Aparajita Sarangi is now new joint secretary in union rural development ministry". odiakhabar. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  12. ^ "IAS Officer Aparajita Sarangi Applies For Voluntary Retirement, Likely To Join Politics". ODISHA BYTES. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Odisha Govt Okays IAS Officer Aparajita Sarangi's VRS Plan". ODISHA BYTES. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Two Odisha MPs to head Parliamentary Standing Committees". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  15. ^ "BJP's New List Of National Office-Bearers". BloombergQuint. Retrieved 11 October 2020.