Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik was Wednesday sworn-in as
Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth straight term since 2000.
Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Odisha’s most popular leader at a glittering ceremony attended by industry bigwigs from different parts of the country along with members of women self-help groups and other famous personalities at the IDCO exhibition ground in state capital Bhubaneswar.
Apart from them, Naveen’s sister and eminent author Gita Mehta and brother Prem Patnaik also attended the ceremony.
Along with Naveen, 20 other elected MLAs also took oath as ministers.
The eleven who took oath as cabinet ministers were Ranendra Pratap Swain, Bikram Keshari Arukha, Prafulla Chandra Mallik, Niranjan Pujari, Padmanabha Behera, Pratap Jena, Arun Kumar Sahoo, Sudam Marandi, Susanta Singh, Naba Kishore Das and Tukuni Sahu.
The nine MLAs who took oath as ministers of state were Ashok Chandra Panda, Samir Ranjan Das, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Premananda Nayak, Raghunandan Das, Padmini Dian, Tusharkanti Behera and Jagannath Saraka.
The portfolios would be allotted later.