Bhubaneswar: Dharmendra Pradhan retained Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry once again. He also got the Ministry of Steel while first time MP from Balasore Pratap Sarangi was made (MoS) MSMS and Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries.
Pradhan, currently a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, was crucial to the party’s growth in Odisha. The BJP won eight Lok Sabha seats this time to one in 2014 general elections.
Sarangi, a bachelor stays in thatched house, rides a bicycle, leads very simple life. He defeated outgoing BJD MP and industrialist Rabindra Kumar Jena and Nabajyoti Patnaik of Congress, two of Odisha’s richest MP candidates.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi retained Pradhan in his Cabinet and inducted Sarangi as a MoS. The retention of Pradhan in PNG Ministry was widely anticipated.