Dharmendra Pradhan

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Dharmendra Pradhan
ଧର୍ମେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ
Dharmendra Pradhan ଧର୍ମେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ.jpg
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byVeerappa Moily
Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRajiv Pratap Rudy
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha for Madhya Pradesh
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded byPrakash Javadekar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha for Bihar
In office
3 April 2012 – 2 April 2018
Succeeded byManoj Jha
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byDebendra Pradhan
Personal details
Born (1969-06-26) 26 June 1969 (age 49)
Talcher, Odisha, India
Spouse(s)Mridula Pradhan
Children2 Naimisha Pradhan & Nishant Pradhan
MotherBasanta Manjari Pradhan
FatherDebendra Pradhan
ResidenceTalcher, Odisha, India
As of 22 September

Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan (Odia: ଧର୍ମେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ) (born 26 June 1969) is a BJP leader and currently the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in the NDA Government.[1] 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 RSS. He is the son of former BJP MP Dr. Debendra Pradhan (ଦେବେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପ୍ରଧାନ).

Educational Qualification: M.A.(Anthropology), Utkal University Bhubaneswar

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 a close confidant of 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): MARCH, 2018 in BJP – present
  • Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Bihar: 2012– 2018
  • Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha): 2004–2009 Deogarh, Odisha, India
  • Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly 2000- 2004 Pallahada Assembly constituency
  • Bharatiya Janata Party All India General Secretary - 2010–present
  • In-charge BJP Karnataka: 2011–2013
  • 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 Yuva Morcha National President: 2004–2006
  • Bharatiya Janata Party: National Secretary 2007–2010
  • In-charge Chhattisgarh: 2007–2010
  • In-charge - BJP Bihar: 2013– present
  • Started as an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist in the year 1983
  • President,Talcher College Students’ Union 1985
  • National Secretary of ABVP 1995[4]


  1. ^ "Dharmendra Pradhan At the launch function of Start-up programme for entrepreneurs in Oil & Gas sector". veblr.com.
  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. ^ http://dpradhanbjp.com/biography/

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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 – Present