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Seven ministers resign ahead of cabinet reshuffle

 A day after Niranjan Pujari resigned as State Assembly Speaker, seven ministers today put in their papers to pave the way for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to reshuffle his three-year-old cabinet.

The ministers who resigned today are -- Sanjay Dasburma, Arun Kumar Sahoo, Pushpendra Singhdeo, Pranab Prakash Das, Sudam Marndi, Pradeep Panigrahi and Debi Prasad Mishra.

Another minister, Lal Behari Himirika, is also said to have resigned. However, when contacted, State MSME Minister Jogendra Behera said Himirika will resign shortly.

Sources said, 10 members of the Patnaik cabinet will tender their resignation ahead of the reshuffle which is expected to take place tomorrow.

"I am grateful to those ministers who have resigned voluntarily to work for the party," Patnaik told reporters here.

He said the revamp would help the ruling Biju Janata Dal serve the people better.


Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.


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