Naveen, Team Take Oath - The New Indian Express

Naveen, Team Take Oath

Published: 22nd May 2014 09:47 AM

Last Updated: 22nd May 2014 09:55 AM

BHUBANESWAR: President of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Naveen Patnaik, who steered the party to a landslide victory, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Odisha for the fourth consecutive term here on Wednesday.

Governor SC Jamir administered the oath of office to Naveen and 21 others of his newly-formed Ministry at a function in Raj Bhavan.  “We will work as team for the prosperity and betterment of Odisha,”  Naveen told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony.

The 22-member Ministry, headed by Naveen, has 11 Ministers in the Cabinet rank and 10 Ministers of State.

Those who took oath as Cabinet ministers are Pradip Kumar Amat, Damodar Rout, Debi Prasad Mishra, Pradip Maharathy, Bijayshree Routray, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Usha Devi, Lal Bihari Himirika, Jogendra Behera, Badri Narayan Patra and Pushpendra Singhdeo.

The Ministers of State in the new Government are Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Arun Sahu, Sanjay Kumar Dasburma, Ashok Panda, Pranab Prakash Das, Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, Sudam Marandi and Snehangini Churia. Churia is the second woman in the Cabinet after Usha Devi.

While five members of the previous ministry were shunted out, the new team comprised eight first-time Ministers, including Cabinet Minister Jogendra Behera. Former speaker Pradip Amat has been inducted in the Cabinet.

The Chief Minister has reposed his confidence on Dharmagarh MLA Pushpendra Singhdeo and Mahakalpada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak by inducting them in his new team. Singhdeo has been rewarded with a Cabinet berth. Both of them were removed by Naveen from the last council for their alleged alliance to the rebel leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra during the failed coup.

Those ignored this time include, Surya Narayan Patro, Maheswar Mohanty and Niranjan Pujari, who had held Cabinet rank, while Rajanikant Singh and Subrat Tarai were ministers of State. While Patro was Revenue minister, Mohanty held Law, Culture and Tourism and Pujari was Industries minister.

The 67-year-old Naveen successfully bucked the Modi wave and led the party to a massive victory in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, winning 117 of the 147 Assembly seats and 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats.

The Chief Minister also visited Puri in the morning to seek blessings of Lord Jagannath.

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