Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of State (with Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is the member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Dharmendra Pradhan’s father Mr. Debendra Pradhan was a minister in Vajpayee government was a MP from Deogarh constituency. He left his seat in 2004. And his son is following his path.
Mr. Pradhan entered into the politics as a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). In 1985, he was elected as the President of Talcher College Students’ Union. He actively participated in the students’ movements in the state of Odisha. Soon he was elected as the national secretary of ABVP and subsequently of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha from 2004 to 2006. While he was the President of the Yuva Morcha he participated in campaigns related to reservations on the basis of religion.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2012 from Bihar state. Pradhan was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Deogarhconstituency of Odisha. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was also a member of 12th Assembly of Odisha (2000 – 2004) elected from Pallalhara constituency.
Dharmendra Pradhan was born to former BJP MP Debendra Pradhan and Basanta Manjari Pradhan in Talcher district of Angul, Odisha on June 26, 1969. His father was a former BJP MP. He did his post-graduation in Anthropology from Utkal University in Odisha. Presently he is married to Mridula T Pradhan and the couple has a son and a daughter.