Pratap Chandra Sarangi
Minister of State, Government of India
In office
31 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterNitin Gadkari
MinistryMicro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
31 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterGiriraj Singh
MinistryAnimal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byRabindra Kumar Jena
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byPradipta Panda
Succeeded bySukanta Kumar Nayak
Personal details
Born (1955-01-04) 4 January 1955 (age 69)
Gopinathpur, Odisha, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materFakir Mohan College, Utkal University

Pratap Chandra Sarangi (born 4 January 1955), was the Minister of State in the Government of India for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He is a Politician from Balasore, Odisha and serves as a National Executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He won Odisha Legislative Assembly, two times: from 2004 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2014, both times from Nilagiri constituency.[1]

He revolutionalised primary education in rural areas through the innovative concept of community funded Ekal Vidyalaya or single teacher schools.[2]

Early life and education

Pratap Chandra Sarangi was born on 4 January 1955 in the village of Gopinathpur, Nilagiri, Balasore into a Brahmin family.[3] He completed his bachelor's degree at Fakir Mohan College, Balasore under Utkal university in 1975.[4]

Since his childhood, Sarangi was a spiritual seeker. He wanted to become a monk of the Ramakrishna Math. He made several visits to Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order in Howrah, West Bengal. The monks of the Math discussed with Sarangi about his desire and examined his biodata. They discovered that Sarangi's widowed mother was alive. They insisted that he should go back and serve her. After his return to his village, he became involved in various social activities.[5]


Sarangi taking charge as the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in New Delhi on June 04, 2019.

Initially, Sarangi served as a district level volunteer of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and also worked for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.[6][better source needed] He opened schools for the poor called Samar Kara Kendra, under the Gana Shikhsa Mandir Yojana in tribal villages in Balasore and Mayurbhanj District[7][better source needed].

His main part of his life is as a Head Clerk in Nilgiri College, Nilgiri, Balasore, Odisha. He also contested in the 2014 Indian general election from Balasore, Lok Sabha constituency as a BJP candidate, which he lost.[8] He contested again in the 2019 Indian general election from Balasore, Lok Sabha constituency as a BJP candidate, in which he defeated the Biju Janata Dal candidate and sitting MP, Rabindra Kumar Jena, by a margin of 12,956 votes.[9]

In May 2019, Sarangi became Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.[10]


In 1999 Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines and his two children were burnt to death whilst sleeping in their station wagon in the village of Manoharpur-Keonjhar in Odisha, allegedly by a gang of Bajrang Dal. Pratap Sarangi was the chief of the Bajrang Dal during the year 1999.[11] After the trial, a man named Dara Singh who had links to the Bajrang Dal, and 12 others were convicted of the crime in 2003. Mr. Sarangi denied the fact saying that the investigation was not done in an unbiased and proper way. The high court in Odisha commuted a death sentence for Singh two years later and freed 11 others who were sentenced to life-term prison citing no evidence against the accused, including Pratap Sarangi.[12] Although an official inquiry by the Wadhwa Commission, found no evidence of any one single group's involvement in the attack, 13 people associated with Bajrang Dal were later convicted.[13] Another official inquiry by the National Commission for Minorities found that the killers cheered " bajrang dal Zindabad" before the attack.[14]

He was also arrested on charges of rioting, arson, assault and damaging government property after a 2002 attack on the Orissa state assembly by Hindu right-wing groups, including the Bajrang Dal.[12][15]

See also


  1. ^ "Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi Profile". Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha website. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Pratap Chandra Sarangi - Unlikely Politician Who Lives in Mud House". Economic Times. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "'Odisha's Modi' Pratap Sarangi: The Union Minister who commutes by cycle and lives in a thatched hou- The New Indian Express".
  4. ^ "Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi Profile". My neta info. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ "people-are-fed-up-with-the-bjd-hot-seat-pratap-Chandra-sarangi-bjp-leader". The Telegraph. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Pratap Chandra Sarangi: The Social Volunteer". Open The Magazine. 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi Profile". Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha website. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  8. ^ "'No clash between Modi wave and my image': Pratap Sarangi". The Times of India. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  9. ^ "'Balasore Lok Sabha election results 2019 Odisha: BJP's Pratap Sarangi defeats BJD's Rabindra Jena': Pratap Sarangi". DNA India. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  10. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  11. ^ "Pratap Sarangi: Minister Who Got The Loudest Cheers Has a Murky Past". HuffPost India. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Pratap Sarangi: India social media hero minister's dubious past". BBC. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Pratap Sarangi: India social media hero minister's dubious past". BBC News. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  14. ^ Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Report Submitted to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives and Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate by the Department of State in Accordance with Sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended. U.S. Government Printing Office. 2003. pp. 2357, 2358. ISBN 9780160606700.
  15. ^ "Vandalism in Orissa". Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.