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Naveen Patnaik Elected BJD Legislature Party Leader, Advises Newly-Elected MLAs To Work For People


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26 May 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: After leading his party to a thumping victory of the fifth time, Naveen Patnaik was elected as the leader of the Biju Janata Dal's legislature party at a meeting here on Sunday. Newly-elected legislators of BJD unanimously elected party president Patnaik as their leader, paving the way for his swearing-in as the fifth time Chief Minister of the State.

All 111 elected legislators, including Naveen Patnaik who has won from two seats- Hinjili and Bijepur, attended the meeting held at BJD party office in Bhubaneswar. Senior leader Bikram Kesari Arukh proposed Naveen Patnaik's name as the leader of BJD Legislature Party and it was seconded by other top leaders. Later, the BJD supremo advised the legislators to dedicatedly work for the benefit of Odisha and its people.

"People ask me often what is the secret of the BJD's continuous success and I always tell them these two points - keep people in focus and work for people," Patnaik told newly-elected party legislators.

Welcoming the lawmakers, he advised them to lead a simple life. "Always remember to lead a simple life. When you are simple, people are close to you," he added. 

After the meeting, he said, "I thank the Honourable legislative members for electing me as the leader."

BJD stormed to power on Thursday by winning 112 seats in the 147-member Assembly. It also won 12 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats. The meeting of newly-elected MLAs was held after the party supremo met the party's Lok Sabha members at his residence Naveen Niwas in the morning.

Naveen Patnaik, along with some top leaders of the party, later met Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and submitted the resolution of his election as the BJD Legislature Party leader and staked claim to form the government.

The coveted swearing-in ceremony is set to be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday (May 29) in Bhubaneswar’s exhibition ground.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Naveen Patnaik, CM-Designate, Odisha

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Debi Mishra, MLA-Elect, Baramba

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Snehangini Chhuria, MLA-Elect, Attabira

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Bikram Keshari Arukha, MLA-Elect, Bhanjanagar

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Devi Ranjan Tripathy, MLA-Elect, Banki