Pratap Chandra Sarangi | A politician who rides Bicycle

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His Life: Extraordinary yet simple life.

  • Year 1954 : Born in Odisha, India.
  • Year 1975 : Finished his bachelor’s degree at Fakir Mohan College.
  • Year 1980 : Started First Ekal Vidyalaya.
  • Year 1999 : Became the state president of Bajrang Dal.
  • Year 2004 : Won the election from the Nilgiri Constituency.
  • Year 2019 : Became the Minister of State for Animal, Dairying, and Fisheries and Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

My lifestyle has been like this since childhood. It is not going to change with power. I believe in meeting the basic needs of life and working for the people and the county.

Pratap Chandra Sarangi is a 65-year-old politician from Balasore, Odisha who serves as a National Executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries. Served in Bajrang Dal for years, he calls himself the foot soldier of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is popular among the masses for his sharp intellect, his firebrand oratory skills in both Odia and Sanskrit.

Personal Life

Pratap was born on 4th January 1954 in Gopinathpur, Odisha. His father was Gobinda Chandra Sarangi. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Fakir Mohan College, Balasore under Utkal university in 1975. Since his childhood, he was very fond of Swami Vivekananda and aspiring to become a monk. Therefore, he went to Belur Math, the headquarter of Ramakrishna Order in Howrah in West Bengal but they insisted him to return as he had a widowed mother.

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After returning to village, he focused on doing social work. Sarangi has not married and still lives like a saint. While living in a small hut, he travels by bicycle. Also, he loves to spend his free time playing cricket with children and even teaching them. Everyone in his village calls him Nana and he knows them personally. Sarangi’s affidavit revealed that Sarangi does not own any vehicle, jewellery, no liabilities. He has not paid any income tax in the last five years. His declared assets both acquired and inherited are around Rs 5.5 lakh.

Political Journey

During his initial years, Pratap volunteered as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. In 1980, he built many Ekal Vidyalayas (village schools with single teachers) as it was hard for students to study due to the lack of good schools in their village. Sarangi became the state president of Bajrang Dal in 1999. In 2004 he contested elections on a BJP ticket from the Nilgiri Constituency and won the same.

In 2014 he contested Lok Sabha elections and lost to the BJD candidate. During the campaign of 2019 elections, he traveled in auto-rickshaws while his opposition traveled in luxury cars. In 2019 Pratap again contested elections with a BJP ticket from the Balasore Constituency and won by more than 12000 votes. On 13th May 2019, Pratap was appointed Minister of State for Animal, Dairying, and Fisheries and Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises by the Narendra Modi Government. He got a standing ovation when he was taking the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Sarangi’s works after elections

Sarangi became a social media favorite due to his austere style. His photo of packing his bags for Delhi after winning the 2019 Lok Sabha election went viral on social media. According to reports, few days after Cyclone Fani ravaged parts of Odisha, he rendered his selfless service and tirelessly cleaned the broken tree branches strewn around in the coastal town of Puri. Even earlier, he could be spotted eating vada and aaloo chop from roadside vendors in Bhubaneswar.

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