The new council of ministers of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took oath of office on Sunday. The council comprises 13 cabinet ministers and eight ministers of state (independent charge).
Jagannath Saraka, Niranjan Pujari, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Pramila Mallick, Usha Devi, Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Pratap Keshari Deb, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Pradip Kumar Amat, Naba Kisore Das, Ashok Chandra Panda, Tukuni Sahu and Rajendra Dholakia were informed over the phone from the CMO to remain present at the Convention Hall of the Lok Seba Bhawan to take the oath of office as Cabinet Ministers.
Similarly, Samir Ranjan Dash, Ashwini Kumar Patra, Pritiranjan Ghadei, Srikanta Sahu, Tusharkanti Behera, Rohit Pujari, Rita Sahu and Basanti Hembram had received phone calls to remain present at the Convention Hall of Lok Seba Bhawan to take the oath of office as Minister of State (Independent Charge).
Women in Naveen Team: Five Women inducts in Naveen’s Ministry. Jajpur’s Pramila Mallick, who was chief whip of BJD, to take the oath of office as cabinet ministers. Usha Devi from Ganjam district took oath as cabinet minister. Tukuni Sahu from Bolangir district who was Women and Child Welfare Minister again took oath as cabinet minister. For the First time Basanti Hembram from Mayurbhanj district and Rita sahu from Bargarh district was inducted in ministry.
New Faces: Rajendra Dholakia from Nuapada, Ashwini Kumar Patra from Baleswar, Pritiranjan Ghadei from Jajpur, Srikanta Sahu from Ganjam, Rohit Pujari from Sambalpur were inducted in Ministry.
Old Face: Jagannath Saraka from Rayagada, Niranjan Pujari from Subarnapur, Ranendra Pratap Swain from Cuttack, Prafulla Kumar Mallick from Dhenkanal, Pratap Keshari Deb from Kendrapada, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak from Kendrapada, Pradip Kumar Amat from Boudh, Naba Kisore Das from Jhrasuguda, Ashok Chandra Panda from Khorda have been inducted in Naveen’s new team.
According to sources, Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister and senior BJD leader and MLA from Bhanjanagar Bikram Keshari Arukha is likely to be appointed as the new Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly.
Similarly, people in the know of things have revealed that BJD MLA from Jagatsinghpur Prasanta Muduli is likely to be appointed as the Chief Whip and BJD MLA from Patnagarh Saroj Meher is likely to be appointed as the Deputy Chief Whip.
List of probable new ministers in the new cabinet.
Probable Cabinet Ministers:
Ranendra Pratap Swain
Prafulla Kumar Mallik
Pratap Keshari Deb
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak
Pradip Kumar Amat
Naba Kishore Das
Ashok Chandra Panda
Probable Ministers of State (Independence charge)
Samir Ranjan Dash
Aswini Kumar Patra