26 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal today invited Naveen Patnaik to form the new Odisha Government after Patnaik met him and conveyed that he has been elected as the Leader of BJD legislative Party and submitted a letter of support of 112 newly elected legislators.
After being satisfied that BJD commands majority, Governor extended invitation to Naveen Patnaik to form the new Government.
On Sunday afternoon, the newly elected BJD legislators named Naveen Patnaik as the leader of the Legislature Party. His name was proposed by senior leader Bikram Kesari Arukh and it was seconded by other top leaders. Following this, Naveen met the Governor and staked claims to form Government.
BJD stormed to power on Thursday by winning 112 seats in the 147-member Assembly. The coveted swearing-in ceremony is set to be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday (May 29) in Bhubaneswar’s exhibition ground.