Feeling proud to see 3 eminent #Odia in list of The Most Powerful Indians in 2017 #MostPowerfulIndian by Indian Express
Rank #30. Dharmendra Pradhan, 47
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas (New entry)
Dharmendra Pradhan (Odia: ଧର୍ମେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ) (born 26 June 1969) is a BJP leader, and the current Minister of State (with Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2012 from Bihar state. Pradhan was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Deogarh constituency of Odisha. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was also a member of 12th Assembly of Odisha (2000 – 2004) elected from Pallalhara constituency. He is a member of RSS and BJP. He is the son of former BJP MP Dr. Debendra Pradhan (ଦେବେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ). Dharmendra Pradhan is the next Chief Ministerial face from Odisha for BJP in upcoming 2019 election and he is actively voicing on several issues in Odisha. Under his watch BJP thrashed Congress in Panchayat Election and giving level playing competition to the ruling BJD but lost the Panchayat election to the ruling party.
Educational Qualification: M.A.(Anthropology), Utkal University Bhubaneswar. Pradhan is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In addition to being a General Secretary, he was assigned additional responsibility to look after the party activities in Jharkhand in August 2011. Dharmendra Pradhan is close confident of BJP party President Amit Shah and he was the one of the Chief Architect for the victory of the BJP in 2017 Uttar Pradesh election.
Seen as an alternative to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. His ministry handed out LPG connections in UP. He also shares credit for the BJP’s sweep in state assembly elections. The prime minister has praised him for pushing his development agenda.
Despite BJD’s grip over Odisha, Pradhan led state BJP to a victory in February’s zila parishad polls.
Seen as the best bet in Odisha, Pradhan aims to take on the BJD in next year’s polls.
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While travelling, Pradhan packs his own luggage.
In 15 Rank . Dipak Misra, 63
Supreme Court Judge (Rank 2016: New Entry)
Justice Dipak Misra (born 3 October 1953) is a judge of the Supreme Court of India. A former Chief Justice of the Patna and Delhi High Courts, he is in line to become the Chief Justice of India in 2017, succeeding Justice J. S. Khehar. He’s the nephew of Ranganath Misra who too was CJI from Sept 1990 – November 1991.
He is set to take over as the Chief Justice of India in August this year and will have a tenure of over a year. With tension between the Centre and Opposition-ruled states, as well as the ruling BJP and Opposition parties, showing no signs of abating, the Supreme Court headed by him could be called upon more frequently to be the final arbiter in Constitutional matters. He will also head the collegium that will have the opportunity to appoint a large number of Supreme Court and high court judges.
To instill “committed patriotism and nationalism”, he made it mandatory for all cinema halls in India to play the national anthem before a movie begins, with those present in the hall obliged to stand up to show respect.
The Supreme Court bench headed by him is seized of some very important cases, which include reforms in the BCCI, plea seeking a refund for Sahara investors, the Delhi December 16 gangrape-cum-murder, entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple and the Cauvery water-sharing dispute.
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He can quote extempore from Shakespeare’s works.
Rank #26. P K Mishra, 67
Additional Principal Secretary to PM (Rank 2016:32). Dr. P. K. Mishra, an IAS officer (retired) of 1972 batch of the Gujarat cadre, has been appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi
If Nripendra Misra is Modi’s policy person, PK Mishra, nicknamed ‘PK’, is the man for governance. Unlike the flamboyant Misra, PK is a behind-the-scenes operator. Considered more powerful than even Union ministers, he was principal secretary to Modi in Gujarat till 2004. Known to come down hard on officers who do not meet the PM’s expectations.
Be it the powerful cabinet committee on appointments or appointing heads to PSUs, Mishra has the last word.
Mishra’s understanding of grassroots conditions and the agriculture sector are assets at a time when the Modi government is reaching out to farmers and the poorer sections.
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Mishra is often seen in half-sleeved shirts, even in high-profile meetings.
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