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Two Odia Union Ministers offered prayers at the Shri Jagannath temple

Puri:8/6/19 Two Odia Union Ministers, Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi, on Saturday offered prayers at the Shri Jagannath temple in Puri for peace and prosperity in Odisha.

All newly elected BJP MLAs and MPs from Odisha also joined the Union ministers in offering prayers at the Jagannath temple.

After offering prayers, the ministers attended a review meeting at the circuit house in Puri.

Odisha will be in number one position in the industries sector and Odisha will be a steel hub, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said.

Union Minister of State for MSME, Pratap Sarangi, said steps will be taken for farmers engaged in coconut cultivation in the state.

Notably, this is the first visit by both ministers to Odisha after being sworn in as Union ministers in the Narendra Modi 2.0 Cabinet. Thousand of supporters and BJP leaders welcomed them at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar.

Pratap Chandra Sarangi has become a favourite among people for his simple lifestyle. Sarangi won the Balasore Lok Sabha seat, defeating the BJD’s Rabindra Jena by over 12,000 votes. He is a resident of Balasore district and used to work as a clerk in a college when he was influenced by the RSS. He uses a bicycle to commute. He is being touted as Odisha’s Modi. He received loud applause from the audience when he arrived to take oath in the new government.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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