Bhubaneswar: First time MLA Raghunandan Das who defeated veteran leader Damodar Rout from Balikuda-Erasama assembly constituency, has been awarded a berth in Naveen Patnaik’s new ministerial team.
Das, 60, belongs to Balikuda in Jagatsinghpur district and is a lawyer by profession. He had contested from the Balikuda-Erasama seat in 2014 as an Independent candidate.
Das had come to the BJD fold after quitting the BJP on the eve of the elections. He secured more than one lakh votes in the Balikuda-Erasama constituency. Lalatendu Mohapatra of the Congress got 49,048 votes while Rout had to bite dust in his bastion, at the third position with a meagre 37,298 votes.
Das has secured a berth as Minister of State in Naveen’s 19-member ministerial team.