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Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan
ଧର୍ମେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ
The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan being greeted by the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dr. M.M. Kutty, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byVeerappa Moily
Minister of Steel
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byChaudhary Birender Singh
Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
In office
3 September 2017 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRajiv Pratap Rudy
Succeeded byDr. Mahendra Nath Pandey
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded byPrakash Javadekar
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
In office
3 April 2012 – 2 April 2018
Succeeded byManoj Jha
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byDebendra Pradhan
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1969-06-26) 26 June 1969 (age 50)
Talcher, Odisha, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Mridula Pradhan
MotherBasanta Manjari Pradhan
FatherDebendra Pradhan
ResidenceTalcher, Odisha, India
Alma materUtkal University
As of 29 June 2019

Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan (born 26 June 1969) is an Indian politician and currently the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel in the Second Modi Ministry.[1] He was previously also the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the First Modi Ministry. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2018 from Madhya Pradesh.[2] Pradhan was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Deogarh constituency of Odisha. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was also a member of 12th Assembly of Odisha (2000 - 2004) elected from Pallalhara constituency. He is also a member of ABVP. He is the son of Former Union Minister and Senior BJP Leader Dr. Debendra Pradhan.

Pradhan is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In addition to being a General Secretary, he was assigned additional responsibility to look after the party activities in Jharkhand in August 2011. Dharmendra Pradhan is close aide and a trusted confidant of Prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP party President Amit Shah and was one of the Chief Architects for the victory of BJP in Bihar in the Lok Sabha election of 2014.[3]


  • Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Madhya Pradesh (MP): April , 2018 in BJP – present [4]
  • Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Bihar: 2012– 2018
  • In-charge - BJP Bihar: 2013– present
  • In-charge BJP Karnataka: 2011–2013
  • Bharatiya Janata Party All India General Secretary - 2010–present
  • Co-Incharge - BJP Bihar: 2010–present - State Elections
  • In-charge Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM): 2010–present
  • In-Charge BJP Jharkhand: Election in Charge Uttarakhand
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: National Secretary 2007–2010
  • In-charge Chhattisgarh: 2007–2010
  • Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha): 2004–2009 Deogarh, Odisha, India
  • Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha National President: 2004–2006
  • Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly 2000- 2004 Pallahada Assembly constituency
  • National Secretary of ABVP 1995[5]
  • President, Talcher College Students' Union 1985
  • Started as an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist in the year 1983

Union minister

In May 2019, Pradhan continued his Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and got the Ministry of Steel.[6]


  1. ^ "Dharmendra Pradhan At the launch function of Start-up programme for entrepreneurs in Oil & Gas sector".
  2. ^ "BJP gives in to JD(U) pressure, denies Rajya Sabha ticket to Ahluwalia". Indian Express. 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Press: Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan & Sh. Murlidhar Rao given addl. responsibility". Indian Express. 18 August 2011.
  4. ^ []
  5. ^ []
  6. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Debendra Pradhan
Member of Parliament
for Deogarh

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Constituency ceased to exist
Political offices
Preceded by
Veerappa Moily
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
26 May 2014 – Present
Preceded by
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
3 September 2017 – 29 May 2019
Succeeded by
Mahendra Nath Pandey
Preceded by
Chaudhary Birender Singh
Minister of Steel
30 May 2019 – Present