Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday congratulated Naveen Patnaik on his taking oath as Chief Minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term.
“President Kovind spoke to Shri Naveen Patnaik and congratulated him on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha. The President conveyed his good wishes to him and his entire team for the development of the state @Naveen_Odisha,” tweeted the President.
Patnaik took oath as the Chief Minister, forming the Government for the fifth straight time in the State. Patnaik has been the Chief Minister of the State since 2000.
Patnaik, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the State by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal in a grand ceremony at the Exhibition Ground here. Along with Patnaik, 11 Cabinet and nine Ministers of State (MoS) were also administered the oath of secrecy.
In the recently concluded Assembly elections, Patnaik’s BJD emerged a clear winner, bagging 112 in the 147-member Assembly. In the outgoing Assembly, the regional party had 117 seats. It too bagged 12 seats out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats.