Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik sworn in as the chief minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term in Bhubaneshwar on Wednesday. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Patnaik.
The 73-year-old BJD (Biju Janata Dal) President made a departure from the usual practice of holding the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. He took the oath of office in an open ground in the presence of hundreds of BJD workers, prominent personalities from business and other fields and leaders from across the political spectrum.
Patnaik's sister Gita Mehta, a prominent writer, was also present at the swearing-in ceremony.
The BJD, which won 112 seats in the 147-member assembly in the recently concluded elections, held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, has been in power in Odisha since 2000.