Mumbai:  Will Umesh Chandra Sarangi prove to be the trump card for the UPA government?
With all the efforts of the Centre to convince Gandhian Anna Hazare to withdraw from anti-corruption crusade having gone in waste, the UPA has now pinned high hopes on senior IAS officer, Umesh Chandra Sarangi to rescue them in the awkward position.

On several occasions in the past, Sarangi has proved successful in convincing Hazare during different protests. A 1977 batch IAS officer, Sarangi is known for his upright approach, simplicity and honesty.

On the request of the Centre, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sent senior bureaucrat Sarangi to talk to Anna. On Thursday, the IAS officer met the Gandhian in Tihar Jail and two days later he was seen with Hazare in the Ramlila Maidan.

Sarangi is making efforts to bring out a settlement between the Centre and Anna. In April, he was called to help the Centre during Anna’s fast at Jantar Mantar.

Sarangi, first came in contact with Anna when he was serving the post of District Magistrate, Nashik. The bureaucrat has held some important posts which include Director Agriculture in 1991-94, Secretary of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development in 1999-2000, Registrar of Cooperative Society in 2003-05 and NBARD Chairman.

As Anna and Sarangi share healthy relations, the past governments in Maharashtra have taken the latter’s assistance to pacify the various agitations of the Gandhian in the state.