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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reshuffles his cabinet

Mulayam Singh Yadav Mulayam Singh Yadav
Ellis Copeland | 07 May, 2017, 14:41

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reshuffled the Odisha cabinet, a day after ten ministers resigned to make way for new people to be inducted.

Patnaik may go in for a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning before leaving for New Delhi to attend the meeting on the Maoist threat convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 8.

Sources in BJD said some other ministers, such as Snehangini Chhuria (Handloom and Textiles), may also be asked to resign following the BJD's poor performance in the panchayat polls in her Assembly segment, Attabira.

Governor SC Jamir administered the oath to the new ministers in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and others leaders of the BJD at the Raj Bhavan here.

Maheswar Mohanty has been allocated the Revenue portfolio, Niranjan Pujari Industry and Urban Development and Badri Narayan Patra School and Mass Education.

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However, the name of Karanjia MLA Bijay Nayak, who was supposed to take oath as state rank minister, was dropped from the list at the last minute.

The BJD spokesman and vice president S N Patro was appointed as the observer for Bolangir district, another strong hold of Opposition BJP.

Prafulla Samal has been named the Women and Child Welfare Minister. "Besides, two MoS were elevated to the rank of cabinet ministers", Patnaik told reporters after the swearing in ceremony. He is tipped to become the Speaker in place of Niranjan Pujari, who had resigned from his post on Friday and is likely to be accommodated in the ministy.

Former government chief whip Ananta Das is now the MoS for higher education while Chandra Sarathi Behera has been made sports and youth affairs minister along with Electronics and IT department.

Ministers of State: Nrushingha Sahu, Anant Das, Chandra Sarathi Behera and Sushant Singh. Their performance as ministers had also raised eyebrows.Though no allegations had been made against energy minister Pranab Prakash Das and finance minister Pradeep Amat, they have also quit. Nirajnan Pujari, earlier the Speaker, has been inducted as a minister.

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