In the list of “100 Most Powerful Indians” prepared by THE INDIAN EXPRESS, four identities from Odisha have influenced it to the main 50 to list. They are CM Naveen Patnaik, CJI Dipak Misra, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra.
CJI Dipak Misra has been ranked third in the list, CM Naveen Patnaik is at the 30th spot. Similarly, Dharmendra Pradhan ranked 32 and PK Mishra 44th place, respectively.
“Naveen Patnaik is still the tallest leader in the state with the image of someone who has zero tolerance for corruption. His BJD won a huge mandate in the Bijepur poll in February, which many held as a litmus test for the party”, stated the Indian Express.
The vernacular daily termed Dharmendra Pradhan as “Pradhan is the BJP’s most well-known face in Odisha, where the party hopes to challenge Naveen Patnaik’s 17-year-rule”.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has topped the list followed by BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been placed at 11th position.