Naveen Patnaik re-shuffles cabinet: Inducts 10 ministers

Vastavam web: Naveen Patnaik, who has been ruling the Odisha state for the past 17 years has re shuffles his cabinet as a preparatory action for the coming assembly elections and 10 new faces were inducted. Ten ministers including six new faces from the Biju Janta Dal (BJD) party were inducted into the cabinet of chief minister Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government on Sunday.

Governor SC Jamir administered the oath to the new ministers in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and others leaders of the BJD at the Raj Bhavan here.

While Niranjan Pujari, Surya Naryan Patro, Prafulla Samal, Pratap Jena, Sashi Bhusan Behera and Maheswar Mohanty were given the cabinet rank, four took oath as ministers of state.

Except Behera, other five were ministers in the Patnaik government, which has been ruling the state from the past 17 years.

“I thank Patnaik for reposing faith in me. I will perform to best of my abilities for the betterment of the state,” said Niranjan Pujari, who became minister after quitting the Speaker post in the state assembly.