Elections: BJP gets majority in Odisha Assembly; Naveen Patnaik loses power after 24 years

Odisha Politics

Bhubaneswar, June 5: The BJP got majority in the Odisha Assembly by winning 78 seats in the 147-member House on Tuesday, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI) after counting concluded on Tuesday.

The Naveen Patnaik led-BJD which is in power in Odisha since 2000 managed to get 51 Assembly seats and the Congress has won 14 Assembly seats.

With BJP getting 78 seats, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lost power after 24 years.

The BJD in the 2019 Assembly elections had won 113 seats while BJP got 23 seats and Congress 9 seats.

Meanwhile, BJP has secured 20 seats in the Odisha Lok Sabha elections out of the 21 seats and Congress has secured one Lok Sabha seat.

Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik lost the Kantabanji Assembly seat to BJP’s Laxman Bag by 16,344 votes after the total 28 rounds of counting. Patnaik chose Kantabanji as his second seat apart from his traditional base Hinjili, from where he won by a margin of mere 4,782 votes.

As many as nine Ministers of Patnaik’s cabinet and several BJD heavyweights faced humiliating defeats in both the Assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls, results of which were announced on Tuesday.

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