Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath as Cabinet Minister; CM congratulates new Ministers


New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan was on Sunday elevated to Cabinet rank but however his oath-taking ceremony went a little wrong when he could not properly pronounce “sansoochit” at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Ram Nath Kovind quickly corrected Pradhan by saying, “sansoochit, please”. Apratyaksha roop se sansoochit nahi karoonga “, the President said, telling Pradhan the correct pronunciation.

Pradhan along with three other Ministers of State holding independent charge — Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — were promoted to the cabinet rank in a reshuffle and expansion of the council of ministers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter to congratulate new ministers on the swearing-in-ceremony and messaged that he looks forward to support and cooperation for Odisha.

After being elevated to Cabinet rank, Pradhan said, “Will work to realize PM Modi’s vision of New India”.


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