October 18, 2020 10:56:46 pm
A Himachal-origin man was Saturday elected as a member of parliament (MP) in New Zealand. Dr Gaurav Sharma, who belongs to Hamirpur district and immigrated to New Zealand round 20 years in the past, gained the election from Hamilton West citizens as a Labour Party candidate. In his mid thirties, Sharma is a bachelor of drugs and surgical procedure and works as a common practitioner in Nawton, Hamilton.
He polled 16,950 votes and defeated National Party’s Tim Macindoe by a margin of 4,425, in response to the Electoral Commission of New Zealand.
“As an area physician, I hear first-hand the issues of our neighborhood each day. My work in healthcare and expertise in administration will assist me be a robust voice for Hamilton on this post-pandemic restoration part,” mentioned Sharma on his get together’s official internet web page.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Sunday congratulated Sharma by way of social media. “Dr Gaurav, who belongs to Galod in Hamirpur, has earned a reputation for the state and the nation and the individuals of Himachal Pradesh are feeling happy with this achievement,” mentioned Thakur in a press release.
According to the Labour Party, Sharma has beforehand been concerned in public well being, coverage and consulting in a number of international locations and has a grasp’s diploma in enterprise administration from the George Washington University within the USA, the place he was a Fulbright Scholar. He advocated rights for refugees and helped rebuild villages in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, the get together mentioned.
Sharma’s father was an govt engineer within the electrical energy board of Himachal earlier than migrating to New Zealand together with his household. Sharma was in Class IX then, and the household struggled in a brand new surroundings. “In the six years it took Gaurav’s father to discover a job in his discipline of labor, he skilled homelessness – sleeping on park benches and consuming on the Auckland City Mission and Hare Krishna,” mentioned the Labour Party.
In a TV interview in Shimla in 2017, Sharma had mentioned that he has not misplaced connection together with his place of origin and likes to talk in Pahari when in Himachal. “No different meals offers me higher pleasure than Himachali meals,” he had mentioned.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, credited for successfully dealing with the Covid pandemic, is about for a second time period in workplace after a landslide victory of her get together, to which Sharma belongs. The get together, which had ‘let’s maintain shifting’ as its election slogan, gained a transparent majority within the New Zealand Parliament.
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