A Himachal-origin man was elected as a members of the New Zealand Parliament. Among the newly-elected MPs on Saturday is the 33-year-old Indian, Dr Gaurav Sharma, who belongs to Hamirpur district won the election as a Labour Party candidate from Hamilton West electorate.
He polled 16,950 votes and defeated National Party’s Tim Macindoe by a margin of 4,425, according to the Electoral Commission of New Zealand.
Sharma immigrated to New Zealand around 20 years ago and is a bachelor of medicine and surgery and works as a general practitioner in Nawton, Hamilton.
Posting on his party’s official web page, Sharma said “As a local doctor, I hear first-hand the concerns of our community every day. My work in healthcare and experience in management will help me be a strong voice for Hamilton in this post-pandemic recovery phase."
Congratulating him on the victory, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday tweeted that people of the state were proud of him. "Gaurav, has earned a name for the state and the country and the people of Himachal Pradesh are feeling proud of this achievement, congratulations and infinite greetings from all the people of Himachal," Thakur said.
गौरव आपने अपने नाम को सार्थक करते हुए विदेश में देवभूमि का भी नाम गौरवान्वित किया है, आपको देवभूमि हिमाचल की समस्त जनता की ओर से हार्दिक बधाई एवं अनंत शुभकामनाएँ। https://t.co/YsqnKfY6l3— Jairam Thakur (@jairamthakurbjp) October 18, 2020
As per reports, Gaurav Sharma was in Class 9 when he moved to New Zealand with his father and mother. His father, who used to work as an executive engineer in the electricity board of Himachal Pradesh, had resigned from his government job as they decided to shift to New Zealand.