Bhubaneswar: After leading the Biju Janata Dal to a thumping victory of 112 out of 147 seats in the State Assembly, Naveen Patnaik scripted history as he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth time today. His oath of office and secrecy was administered by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal at 11:00 am in capital city’s Exhibition Ground.
The ceremony began with the national anthem playing as Odisha Governor and Naveen Patnaik walked in on the stage. Soon after that, Governor appointed Patnaik as the Chief Minister of Odisha. “I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India,” Patnaik said as he took oath.
Cabinet Ministers Ranendra Pratap Swain, Bikram Keshari Arukha, Prafulla Mallick, Niranjan Pujari, Padmanav Behera, Pratap Jena, Arun Sahu, Sudam Marndi, Susanta Singh, Naba Kishore Das and Tukuni Sahu also took oath today.
Similarly, Ministers of State Ashok Chandra Panda, Samir Ranjan Dash, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Premanandra Nayak, Raghunandan Das, Padmini Dian, Tusharkanti Behera and Jagannath Saraka were administered path by Prof Ganeshi Lal.
Patnaik’s sister and published author Geeta Mehta, his brother Prem Patnaik were spotted in the front row supporting Naveen. Senior Congress leaders Narasingha Mishra, Sura Routray, Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Mohammed Moquim and former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang also marked their presence. Among the 6000 guests, hundreds of women from Self-help Groups (SHGs) led by Aska MP-elect Pramila Bisoyi also attended the ceremony and blessed the newly sworn in Chief Minister.
Several eminent personalities like industrialist Naveen Jindal, Kumaramangalam Birla, Sangeeta Reddy (Apollo Hospitals Group), veteran journalist Prabhu Chawla, Managing Director of ITC Sanjeev Puri, Puneet Dalmia (OCL), Tech Mahindra MD CP Gurnani, former CMD of NALCO Anshuman Das, Chairman of India Cement RS Behera, ace sprinter Dutee Chand, chess player Padmini Rout, were present in the event as well.
As the oath-taking ceremony was held in full public view for the first time, over 30 platoons of police forces along with 100 officers were deployed at the venue to ensure a smooth and incident-free ceremony.