Not one or two but 4 Odia’s are now among the top 100 powerful persons list in the worlds largest democracy, India.
The Indian Express recently released the list of top 100 most powerful Indians list where PM Modi remain on the top rank while TM Krishna, the revolutionary musician from Chennai became the 100th person in the list. But who’s the Odia’s who made it and why?
And believe us there’s someone who’s even more powerful than CM Naveen Patnaik himself! Checkout below how IE explained these people on their list.
Odisha’s Deepak Misra[ 64 ], 3rd Most Powerful Indian
Chief Justice of India
Because he has asserted the Chief Justice of India’s position as the master of the roster. In November last year, a Constitution bench Misra headed ruled that even where there are allegations against the CJI, the CJI alone can assign cases to different benches and decide the composition of benches.
He has weathered every storm, from the Kalikho Pul controversy to the medical college bribery scam. The toughest test was when four of his seniormost colleagues held an unprecedented press conference and attacked him, but CJI Misra stood his ground.
He is set to retire on October 2. With many former judges going on to hold post-retirement posts, it will be interesting to see what he decides.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik [ 71 ] Ranked Number 30
Odisha Chief Minister.
Naveen Patnaik is still the tallest leader in the state with the image of someone who has zero tolerance for corruption. His BJD won a huge mandate in the Bijepur bypoll in February, which many held as a litmus test for the party.
In his 17 years as CM, he has sacked nearly 44 ministers for alleged financial and personal misconduct.
The once-reclusive CM has increased his public and media interactions to counter a resurgent BJP —the party has performed well in the local elections in the state.
BY THE WAY: An accomplished writer, his book, A Second Paradise: Indian Country Life 1590-1947, was edited by his close friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
At Number 32, Dharmendra Pradhan 
Pradhan is the BJP’s most wellknown face in Odisha, where the party hopes to challenge Naveen Patnaik’s 17-year-rule.
His ministry has managed deregulation of diesel and daily price revision of petrol and diesel without public outcry. The BJP’s good showing in the Odisha civic polls last year was also attributed to Pradhan.
The exploration sector remains a key challenge. Politically, Pradhan is expected to play a crucial role for the BJP in the 2019 Assembly polls.
BY THE WAY: He loves watches and shoes.
Last but one of the most trustworthy Odia who’s close to PM Modi is P K Mishra , Ranked Number 44
Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
Is the PM’s key aide in matters of complex bureaucratic appointments, departmental policy logjams and the like. The Gujarat-cadre IAS officer’s perceived proximity to the PM adds to his clout.
Was part of the committee that evaluated the Padma award list.
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Will continue to push senior bureaucratic leadership in key ministries ahead of the polls.
BY THE WAY: Discreet, he rejects almost all invitations for public appearances.