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Odisha CM’s new team: Naveen brings in 11 New Ministers in Biggest Reshuffle at Raj Bhawan

Odisha CM’s new team: Naveen brings in 11 New Ministers in Biggest Reshuffle at Raj Bhawan

Bhubaneswar :7th May 2017 (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan)- Governor Dr SC Jamir administered the oath of office and secrecy as Cabinet Ministers to Shashibhushan Behera, Maheshwar Mohanty, Prafulla Mallick, Ramesh Majhi, Niranjan Pujari and Surjya Narayan Patro and as Ministers of State to Sushant Singh, Dr Nrusingha Sahoo, Chandra Sarathi Behera and Anant Das at the Abhishek Hall in the Raj Bhawan here on Sunday morning.Of the six Cabinet Ministers took oath today, while Ramesh Majhi and Prafulla Mallick were elevated, Pujari had recently resigned as the Speaker of the State Assembly and the three were former Ministers.Similarly, all four MLAs who took oath as Ministers of State were inducted in the Council of Ministers for the first time.     Finally all the speculations came to an end after CM Naveen Patnaik cleared the names of 11 new leaders of BJD who were inducted into the State cabinet in what was the biggest reshuffle in the history of the party’s rule. major reshuffle in Odisha government led by Naveen Patnaik, ten ministers were sworn-in at Raj Bhawan here today.While six MLAs took oath as the cabinet ministers, four were appointed as the minister of state (MoS).Governor SC Jamir administered the oath to Prafulla Mallick, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Digapahandi MLA Surjya Narayan Patro, Sonepur MLA and former Assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari, Pratap Jena, Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty, Bhubaneswar (Jayadev) MLA Sashi Bhushan Behera and Bhandaripokhari MLA Prafulla Samal as the cabinet ministers.Parjang MLA Dr. Nrushingha Charan Sahoo, Bhograi MLA Ananta Das Ananta Das, Cuttack Sadar MLA Chandrasarathi Behera and Bhatli MLA Sushanta Singh took oath as the MoS in Naveen government.Notably, from Naveen cabinet Former Minister and Mahanga MLA Pratap Jena after his induction into the team said, “I am grateful to chief minister Naveen Patnaik for reposing faith on me.” As Naveen emphasized on veterans after facing defeat in several districts in the panchayat poll, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Steel & Mines, Labour & Employees’ State Insurance Prafulla Kumar Mallik and Minister of State (Independent Charge),While 6 have been given cabinet rank, 5 were inducted as Ministers of State.Niranjan Pujari who resigned as speaker of Odisha Assembly yesterday was brought into the ministry as a cabinet minister along with Bhandaripokhari MLA Prafulla Samal, Surya Narayan Patro, Mahanga MLA Pratap Jena, Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty and Jayadev MLA Sasibhushan Behera.Karanjia MLA Bijay Nayak, Bhatli MLA Sushant Singh, Parjang MLA Nrusingha Sahoo, Bhograi MLA and party chief whip Anant Das and Cuttack Sadar MLA Chandrasarathi Behera were given Minister of State ranks in the Naveen cabinet.Also Read: Nine ministers resign Commerce & Transport Ramesh Chandra Majhi have been elevated to Cabinet minister rank.“I thank Patnaik for reposing faith in me. I will perform to best of my abilities for the betterment of the state,” said Niranjan Pujari, who became minister after quitting the Speaker post in the state assembly.“I thank the Chief Minister and the people of Odisha for reposing faith in me. he picked party veteran and Bhandaripokhari MLA Prafulla Samal in his new team. “I would try to stand up to the expectation of the chief minister and perform my duty with full integrity,” said Samal.Ministers Prafulla Mallick, Ramesh Majhi were also promoted to Cabinet rank.According to sources.

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