Naveen Patnaik resigns as Odisha chief minister following BJP’s electoral victory

Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, tendered his resignation on Wednesday in Bhubaneswar, marking the end of his illustrious 24-year tenure in office. Governor Raghubar Das of Odisha received his resignation amidst a significant political transition in the state.

Naveen Patnaik, following in the footsteps of Pawan Kumar Chamling, served as the second-longest serving Chief Minister in the country, assuming office in 2000. Chamling held the position of Sikkim’s Chief Minister from 1994 to 2019, marking a significant era in regional politics.

In the wake of a decisive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Odisha Assembly polls, a new chapter in the state’s governance is set to unfold. Despite their historical alliance with Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the BJP emerged triumphant and is now poised to assume administration in the state.

The BJP emerged as the dominant force in the elections, securing a commanding 78 seats, while the BJD trailed behind with 51 seats.

With a coalition or party needing a minimum of 74 out of the 175 seats in the Odisha Assembly to form a government, the BJP’s electoral success places them in a favourable position to establish governance.

The Indian National Congress managed to secure only fourteen seats in the electoral fray.

Former Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik clinched victory in the Hinjli constituency, albeit with a narrow margin of 4,636 votes.

In a remarkable electoral sweep, the BJP secured victory in twenty out of the twenty-one seats contested in the state’s general elections.

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