Meet Pratap Chandra Sarangi, a common man to MP and a place in Modi's Cabinet who still lives in a hut, the story everyone must know



In an eventful evening on 29th May 2019, millions of households across India stuck to their TV sets to watch the live telecast of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's swearing ceremony which each and every Indian news channels were carrying for its viewers.

Modi revealed a new set of cabinet ministers under his government 2.0, as they were called onto the stage to take their respective oaths. However, there was a sudden shift in energies when this frail-looking old man with a flowing beard and windswept hair made his way to the stage, wearing a pair of plain white kurta-pyjama and then greeted the President before taking his place behind the podium.


Many people in the audience and also the ones who watched this old man on T.V.'s were completely unaware of his identity. People provoked and within a span of few minutes Pratap Chandra Sarangi, began to trend on Social Media.
But, all of this didn't come as shock for the people of Odisha, mainly those who live in and around Balasore, Odisha, when they saw 'Nana' Sarangi taking his oath as the Minister of State in the Modi government.

The 64-year-old  who was newly elected as MP from Odisha's Balasore, Pratap Chandra Sarangi is not at all a regular politician and is completely different from what, everyone thinks about a politician. Sarangi lives in a simple hut, rides a bicycle and all of his combined assets are just around 5.5 lakhs. Sarangi is a social worker, who supports himself through his pension and agricultural income.
In his affidavit Sarangi declared that he does not own a vehicle, jewellery, and has no liabilities. Sarangi has always led a simple life, living on little income, caring for his ailing mother, as he worked out of a small hut and used to roam around with a bicycle.
However, this is not exactly how Sarangi has planned 36 years ago. As a 28-year-old, Sarangi wanted to become a monk at the Ramakrishna Math, a nearby missionary to his house, however, the head Swamiji at Ramakrishna Mission didn't accept his request, because that would have left his ailing mother alone with no one to care for her.

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It was at that point that Sarangi decided to join the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and became a sevak, to work as a social worker. It was only later that he got associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A two-time MLA from the Nilgiri assembly, Sarangi won the seat in 2004 and 2009. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Election, Sarangi defeated two of his popular rivals, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Rabindra Jena and Navajyoti Patnaik of Congress by a huge margin.

As for why Sarangi is so popular among the people, it's because he has been actively working for the welfare of people in his area. Sarangi opened many Ekal Vidyalayas (village schools with a single school teacher) in the interiors of Odisha. He has had an active involvement in the local protests, such as anti-liquor movements and other protests. He also opened Samrkara Kendras in the tribal villages in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. And, this time as a Minister of State, Sarangi wants to turn Balasore into a tourist destination as well so that it gets developed.


Sarangi has come a long way, from being a simple man who has been invested in people's welfare, to becoming a Minister of State in Modi's government by winning Lok Sabha elections from his constituency by campaigning through a hired auto rickshaw.

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