Longstanding Naveen Patnaik era comes to a close

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik  met Governor Raghubar Das and submitted his resignation after the party’s defeat in the assembly elections. CM Patnaik will sit on the opposition bench in the assembly for the first time in his more than two-decade-long political career.

Resigned to Governor

Patnaik went to the Governor’s house  and submitted his resignation. After this, a meeting of senior party leaders was held at Patnaik’s residence in which future strategy was discussed. Patnaik was first sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha on 5 March 2000. Then his party came to power riding on the popularity of his father and former CM Biju Patnaik.

Will leave the chair after being in power for 24 years

Naveen Patnaik will leave the CM’s chair after being in power for 24 years. His dream of becoming the Chief Minister for the sixth time was shattered due to the anti-incumbency wave. This time BJD was able to win only 51 seats, whereas it had won 112 seats in the 2019 assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party has snatched power from BJD by winning 78 seats in the 147-member assembly.


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