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Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani

Member of Parliament

Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani : born 27 April 1946 is a Lawyer, Philosopher, Poet, and Member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Bhubaneswar constituency of Odisha and is the Vice President and Founder Member of the Biju Janata Dal. Patsani joined the Maharishi Mahesh yogi ashram at Rishikesh and went through yoga ashanas trainings. He went to Switzerland to join the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. In Switzerland he was the student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with Ravi Shankar. With the team of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi he travelled extensively worldwide and about one hundred countries. Around 1980's he returned to India and was the founder President of Maharishi College of Natural Law in Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha. There after he actively took part and open around hundreds of institutions, out of which 20-30 institutions are in the name of Patasani and he is the founder father of various educational institutions in the state of Orissa. In 1980s the people of the eastern region used to travel towards the southern states for higher and technical educations, where after upon the active leadership of Prasanna Patasani not only the state of Orissa became the hub of the technical education in the state but also in the entire eastern region Orissa became the hub for the technical education behind almost all the institutions, Prasanna Patasani has played the major role for establishment of such institutions. Apart from the educational institutions, Prasanna Patasani has written many a Books and poems and Film songs besides acting in various movies and songs which were well acclaimed not only in the state of Orissa but also spread worldwide.

Prasanna Patasani has been elected for the eighth time (four times as Member of Legislative Assembly and four times as the Member of Parliament from Bhubaneswar the state capital of Orissa).He is a great follower of Shri Biju Patnaik. Patasani has published 60 books, in different languages, and has written about 100 articles. He has spoken in Japan, US, and UK at Oxford University on "the future of human civilization". He had gone underground for about 12 years to save him from imprisonment on the alleged involvement with the Maoist and their cause. During the period of his underground he joined his guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught him the Patanjali Yoga Sutra, which changed his life. He still carries the "blessing wand" his guru gave him.

Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

Home Minister of State, Govt. of India

Born on 11th November, 1954 at Nanded (Maharashtra), Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir did his schooling from Chandrapur (Maharashtra). He is married to Smt. Lata Ahir and has 3 children‐2 Sons and One Daughter.

Shri Ahir showed a keen interest in Public Affairs from very early days. He has been a Member of Maharashtra Legislature Council in 1994‐96 and was elected to Lok Sabha in 1996. He was again elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 and was a member of Standing Committee on Coal & Steel; Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex and Standing Committee on Agriculture. He was also a Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on wakf.

He was re‐elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and had been Member of Standing Committee on Coal & Steel and Committees on – Privileges; Railway Convention; Public Undertakings and Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Shri Ahir was again elected for Lok Sabha in 2014 for 4th term and has been a member of Business Advisory Committee and Chairperson of Committee on Coal & Steel. As a Member of Parliament, Shri Ahir has earned respect of his more seasoned colleagues by his active participation in Parliamentary Work. In recognition of his work, he was inducted as Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers since 9th November, 2014 and held this post till his taking over as Minister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs.

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