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Bhubaneswar: The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government that took oath yesterday has neglected Western Odisha by not allotting any ministry to the MPs from the region, said Rural Development, Labour and ESI Minister Sushant Singh on Friday.
While Singh welcomed the induction of two MPs from Odisha in Narendra Modi’s new team, he said though the BJP has won five Lok Sabha seats from Western Odisha, not a single MP from the region is part of the Union Council of Ministers.
On the other hand, Singh said that the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha has given its due share to Western Odisha by inducting six MLAs from the region in its cabinet.
In his reaction, BJP’s Bhawanipatna MLA Pradipta Kumar Naik termed it as the party’s decision. While nobody is undeserving, the responsibilities have been allotted to few persons keeping the future in mind.
Congress MLA from Jeypore, Taraprasad Bahinipati, while said that Odisha should feel proud as one of its sons has retained his ministry, people will hate the two Union Ministers from Odisha if they do not work for the State, he added.
It is worthwhile to mention that Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi from Odisha have bagged two important portfolios in Narendra Modi’s new team. While Pradhan is a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, Sarangi was elected from the Balasore Lok Sabha seat.
The BJD MLAs from Western Odisha that are part of Naveen Patnaik’s new team are, Tukuni Sahu (Titlagarh), Niranjan Pujari (Sonepur), Dibya Shankar Mishra (Junagarh), Padmanabha Behera (Birmaharajpur), Sushanta Singh (Bhatli), Naba Kishore Das (Jharsuguda).