Naveen invites Modi to attend swearing-in ceremony

PM congratulates Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Naveen Patnaik during a press conference where he announced the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, in Bhubaneswar on March 18, 2019. In the first list, the BJD announced candidates for nine Lok Sabha and 54 for Assembly constituencies. (Photo: IANS)

Bhubaneswar: April 24: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend as “guest” his swearing-in ceremony after the declaration of election results on May 23.

Patnaik claimed that the BJD had already got a majority in the Assembly after the third phase polling held on April 23.

“Yesterday, the Prime Minister stated that he would visit Odisha again after the exit of BJD government. However, with the blessings of people here, BJD has already secured majority in the Assembly,” the Chief Minister told an election rally in Basta Assembly constituency.

“I humbly invite Modiji to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the BJD government as a guest,” said Patnaik.

Of the 147 Assembly seats, election for 105 have already been held in the first three phases in the state while polling will be held for the remaining seats in the fourth phase on April 29.

Patnaik’s statement comes a day after the Prime Minister asserted that the exit of BJD government was certain.

‘Naveen babu aap jaa rahe ho, apka jaana tay hai’ (Naveen Babu, your are going, your exit is certain),” said the Prime Minister at an election rally in Kendrapara.

Modi launched a direct attack on Naveen Patnaik for the first time.

Simultaneous elections for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats are being held in Odisha in four phases.(IANS)



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