Pratap Sarangi: The MP who lives in a hut and rides a bicycle
GUWAHATI: Sixty-four-year-old Pratap Chandra Sarangi is an atypical politician and is now a part of Modi 2.0 cabinet.
Sarangi, fondly known as 'Nana', was the president of Odisha Bajrang Dal. He was the state vice president of the BJP from October 2014 to January 2015 and has also served as the joint secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Odisha.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha Election, Sarangi defeated two of the richest candidates of Odisha -- Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP and industrialists Rabindra Jena and Nabajyoto Patnaik, son of Odisha Congress committee president Niranjan Patnaik from Balasore Parliamentary constituency. Sarangi comfortably won against Jena by a margin of 12,000 votes in 2019 general election. However, unlike his fellow contestants, who campaigned in SUVs, Sarangi moved around in a hired autorickshaw.
Moreover, 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.
Sarangi calls himself a social worker, whose source of income includes pension and agriculture. Sarangi has opened many Ekal Vidyalayas (village school, with single school teacher) till Class 3 or 5 in the interiors of Odisha.
Sarangi was elected as MLA twice from Nilgiri in 2004 and 2009.