In the roller coaster of politics here are Ten most searched Odia politicians in Google. It was surprising to note that Naveen Patnaik the Honorable Chief Mininster of Odisha was not heading the list .
Sambit Patra, born on 13 December 1974, is the spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party since 2010. The trained surgeon set up Swaraj, an NGO in 2006. He is the most searched politician in Google with 1,52,700 hits.
- Naveen Patnaik
The longest serving Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik is the second most-searched politician in Google. Patnaik was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack. The Hinjili MLA was searched by 75, 000 people in 2015.
- Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan, the current Minister of State (with Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government, was born on 26 June 1969. He was elected to Rajya Sabha on March 2012 from Bihar. Around 70,300 people have searched for the Union minister in 2015.
- J B Patnaik
Late Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress. He was the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999. He was the second longest reigning Chief Minister of Odisha after Naveen Patnaik and had 19,810 hits to his name during 2015.
- Jual Oram
Jual Oram, the Union Tribal Affairs Minister and national vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Party was searched on Google 19,400 times in 2015. The veteran politician, born on 22 March 1961, represents Sundergarh constituency of Odisha. He was also a member of Lok Sabha.
- Baijayant Panda
Baijayant “Jay” Panda, current MP of the Lok Sabha from the Kendrapara constituency, belongs to the Biju Janata Dal party. The charismatic politician, based mostly in Delhi, is probably the most recognised Odia politician on the national television after Sambit Patra. He was searched 8,210 times in Google by surfers in 2015.
- Tathagata Satpathy
Tathagata Satpathy , MP Dhenkanal is the member of Biju Janata Dal and the party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha. Born in 1 April 1956, Satpathy is the editor of the Odia newspaper, Dharitri and the English daily Orissa Post. He made headlines when he participated in freewheeling discussion decriminalising cannabis. He has 7,750 Google hits in 2015.
8. Pyarimohan Mohapatra
Pyarimohan Mohapatra, the founder of Odisha Jana Morcha is currently a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Born on 25 January 1940, he began his career as an IAS officer and was Principal Secretary to ex-CM Biju Patnaik. The erstwhile mastermind and political advisor to Naveen Patnaik, he had 5,810 people searching for him on Google in 2015.
- Soumya Ranjan Patnaik
The founder and supremo of Aama Odisha party, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is a popular politician. Earlier, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bhubaneswar on an Indian National Congress ticket. He is the founder and editor of Odisha’s largest circulated Odia daily, Sambad. He was searched 4,940 times in Google throughout 2015.
- Bhartruhari Mahtab
Bhartruhari Mahtab is a senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 from Cuttack constituency in Odisha. He was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 from the same constituency. Born on 8 September 1957, he had 2,590 people seeking his name in the Google in 2015.