Dharmendra Pradhan was an eminent politician hailing from Orissa. He is the son of former BJP MP Dr. Debendra Pradhan. Leadership qualities were visible in him from his college days. He soon became the A.B.V.P. activist while studying as a higher secondary student in Talcher College, Orissa and next he became the president of student union in Talcher. He did M.A. in Anthropology from Utkal University Bhubaneswar. Mr Dharmendra Pradhan joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 1998 and soon Conferred with Utkalmani Gopabandhu Pratibha Sanman, the best Legislative Award of Orissa Legislative Assembly.He kick started his political career by contesting in 2000 Odisha assembly election from Pallalhara constituency and tasted his first electoral victory. Serving different positions in BJP, He next elected to the 14th Lokasabha. He was also elected rajyasabha twice from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Under Narendra Modi govt elected in 2014 ,he served as the minister of State (Independent Charge ) of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Serving under this ministry, he has visited more than 24 countries and attended many summits and participated in many International programmes as an Indian delegate. He was appointed the Minister of petroleum and natural gas for a second term in 2019. He was also made the Minister of Steel.
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