A former Gujarat-cadre IAS officer, who has worked closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he became Gujarat’s chief minister in 2001, joined the BJP on Thursday.
Arvind Kumar Sharma joined the saffron party in Lucknow and is likely to contest the Legislative Council election on January 28.
There are also speculations that he might make it to the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet. The former bureaucrat belongs to the Bhumihar community and his inclusion in the BJP will give a strong message in Purvanchal, a party official said.
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Arvind Kumar Sharma took voluntary retirement
Notably, Sharma was secretary in Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and took voluntary retirement last week—a move that surprised many.
During the tenure of PM Modi as chief minister of Gujarat, Sharma has served as chief executive of the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board. It was during this time that he was hailed as an infrastructure expert.
Post the 2014 general election, he joined the Prime Minister’s Office as a joint secretary and was eventually made the additional secretary in 2017. In May 2020, he was shifted to the MSME ministry. It was during this time that the government was working on a relief package for the MSME sector that was badly affected due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sharma is known to keep a low-profile and has delivered results whenever he has been entrusted with any responsibility—one of the key factors for which he has received praise.
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