By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Popular daily The Indian Express released a list of ‘100 Most Powerful Indians’ in which 4 from Odisha got placed. They are CM Naveen Patnaik, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pramod Kumar Mishra.
The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra comes in at 3rd place weathering many storms and unprecedented dissent from within the ranks. He went past the storms like the Kalikho Pul controversy, medical college bribery scam and the unprecedented press conference against him by four senior-most judges of the apex court. He is retiring on October 2 this year.
Placed at Rank 30 in the list, BJD supremo and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is considered as a no-nonsense CM and has an image of zero tolerance for corruption. He sacked around 44 ministers from his party for their alleged personal and financial misconduct in his 17 years of rule. Naveen has scripted history by becoming Odisha Chief Minister for the fourth time in a row.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has found a spot of No 32 in the list. The BJP poster boy in Odisha is to play a crucial role in the forthcoming 2019 Assembly polls despite his recent failure in Bijepur by-poll. However he had led the party to a good performance in the panchayat polls.
68 year old Gujarat cadre IAS officer Pramod Kumar Mishra, the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister is considered the 44th most powerful Indian in 2018 byThe Indian Express. He is considered to be in close proximity to the PM.