Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Pattnaik took oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the 5th time in a row today. He was administered the oath by Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal in a special event held at the Unit-3 exhibition groud.
Apart from the Chief Minister, 21 ministers, including 11 cabinet ministers administered oath by the Governor.
According to a press release issued by Raj Bhawan, the 11 cabinet ministers are Ranendra Pratap Swain, Bikram Keshari Arukha, Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Niranjan Pujari, Padmanabha Behera, Pratap Jena, Arun Kumar Sahoo, Sudam Marandi, Susanta Singh, Naba Kishore Das and Tukuni Sahoo.
Similarly, Ashok Chandra Panda, Samir Ranjan Das, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Premananda Nayak, Raghunandan Das, Padmini Dian, Tusharkanti Behera and Jagannath Saraka have been sworn in as ministers of state.
BJD has won 112 of the total 146 seats in the Odisha Legislative Assembly in the recently held elections.