13 districts have no representation in Naveen Patnaik’s new ministry

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Bhubaneswar | Updated: May 07, 2017 3:22 PM

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reshuffled his cabinet by inducting 10 fresh faces and elevating two ministers of state to cabinet rank.

Ten Odisha ministers had resigned yesterday to pave the way for the Chief Minister to revamp his cabinet. (Reuters)

Thirteen of the 30 districts of Odisha remain unrepresented in the government after today’s reshuffle carried out by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while his home turf Ganjam has the highest number of four Ministers. The district which are not represented in the council of ministers are Jajpur, Kendrapara, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput and Mayurbhanj.

The two tribal dominated districts, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi, where opposition BJP performed exceptionally well in the recent panchayat polls, also remained unrepresented in the ministry. Pushpendra Singhdeo had been the lone minister from Kalahandi and he was told to resign yesterday. Similarly, Sudam Marndi from Mayurbhanj was dropped from the ministry and nobody replaced him in the ministry.

Jajpur and Kendrapara districts, known as BJD’s fort, also remained unrepresented in the ministry after Pranab Prakash Das (Jajpur) resigned yesterday. Earlier, Atanu S Nayak from Kendrapara district was dropped from the ministry as health minister following a fire incident at a private hospital here. The entire southern region of the state comprising Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati districts also remained unrepresented in the ministry though

Patnaik’s home district of Ganjam has four ministers including the CM. Bikram Keshari Arukha, S N Patro and Usha Devi hailed from Ganjam district besides Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik himself. Ganjam, though located on the coast, is considered the entry point to the southern region of the state. Surprisingly, small districts like Khurda, Bhadrak and Bargarh have two ministers each while Odisha’s biggest district Mayurbhanj remained unrepresented.

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