Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Elections-2019 already declared after counting of votes on May 23 and the ruling BJD having bagged once again a thumping majority, party supremo Naveen Patnaik being the Chief Minister for the fifth consecutive term since 2000 is a foregone conclusion.
The eagerly awaited swearing-in ceremony of the fifth stint is to be held on Wednesday morning hours (May 29) while in 2014 it was held on May 21.
The coveted investiture cermony of Naveen Patnaik’s newly-elected government will be held here in the State’s capital city and Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Naveen as the Chief Minister as well as his Council of Ministers.
However, the oath-taking ceremony of this time would be a low key affair due to the devastating Cyclone FANI that wreaked havoc on Odisha recently while restoration and rebuilding measures are still underway in the devastated districts, especially Puri.
Notably, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has 112 assembly seats in its kitty out of the total 146 seats where polls were held while by-poll to the Patkura assembly seat (under Kendrapada Parliamentary Constituency) has been deferred by two months in the wake of the severe cyclonic storm FANI that wreaked havoc on Odisha on May 3. Earlier, this by-poll had been slated on May 19 due to the sad demise of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla.