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Naveen Patnaik

Naveen Patnaik led the BJD to yet another victory in 2019 Odisha Assembly elections, thus becoming the Chief Minister of the state for a fifth consecutive time. He is the son of Biju Patnaik, the former chief minister of Odisha. He formed the Biju Janata Dal, to which he belongs, in 1998 when the party broke off from the Janata dal. His popularity among the masses in Odisha rests upon the pro-poor political stance he has. Before joining politics he completed his college education from University of Delhi and is also a writer with four books to his name. Having spent a large part of his life outside Odisha, he is not fluent in the vernacular language of the state and has come under a lot of critism from his political opponent because of this.


Rejig of Odisha ministry, BJD on cards as Patnaik eyes 2024 polls

May 04, 2022 9:21 am

While the BJD exudes confidence about repeating its feat in the next parliamentary and Assembly elections, the principal Opposition BJP plans to target the Patnaik government over “non-implementation” of its 2019 poll promises.

Naveen Patnaik seeks performance report from his ministers

April 11, 2022 3:27 am

According to CMO officials, Patnaik would hold one-to-one meetings with all the ministers to review their performance. He is expected to effect the impending ministry reshuffle within the first week of May.

Odisha MoS home still in Oppn cross-hairs, but CM has his back

April 01, 2022 7:16 pm

The support Naveen Patnaik has extended to ex-IAF personnel-turned- Junagarh MLA Dibya Shankar Mishra in the political row over the Mamita Meher murder case reflects his importance for the BJD.

Odisha govt extends free rice scheme for six months

April 01, 2022 6:08 pm

In December last year, the Odisha government had extended the distribution of additional 5 kg of rice per head free of cost to beneficiaries of the SFSS for four more months in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Top Odisha officers in line of Oppn fire for making a beeline to felicitate Naveen

March 31, 2022 3:34 pm

The row erupted as senior IAS and IPS officers called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to congratulate him on BJD's triumph in rural and urban local body polls

Odisha govt tables vote-on-account Budget of Rs 2 lakh crore

March 30, 2022 7:20 pm

State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said that the state government decided to present a vote-on-account Budget instead of a full-fledged Budget as the Model Code of Conduct was in force until recently.

Odisha: BJP, Congress slam bureaucrats for meeting CM after BJD’s poll victory

March 29, 2022 12:16 pm

BJP state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan accused the bureaucrats of the state of “bringing disgrace to their service and lowering the dignity of the executive branch of the government”.

Explained: The role of Odisha's health scheme in BJD's rural polls clean sweep

March 03, 2022 7:42 am

The Odisha government has distributed smart health cards to beneficiaries under its flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. What is this scheme, and how does it compare to the Centre's Ayushman Bharat?

Ruling BJD sweeps Odisha rural polls, to form Zilla Parishads in all 30 districts

March 02, 2022 1:20 am

The BJP, which had formed eight ZPs after winning 297 seats in 2017, came a distant second with only 42 seats. Congress came third with 37 seats, down from the 60 it had secured last time for forming 2 ZPs

Odisha govt to bear expenses of bringing back students, workers stranded in Ukraine: CM

February 25, 2022 3:38 pm

Most of the students are pursuing MBBS courses at the National Medical University at Kharkiv and Kyiv Medical University and staying in apartments.


Aftermath of Cyclone Fani: Odisha struggles to restore basic amenities

May 07, 2019 9:45 am

CM Naveen Patnaik tweeted on Sunday that all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected”, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA).

Today in pics: Narendra Modi resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister

May 22, 2014 9:37 am

Narendra Modi fought back tears again as he wished Gujarat to "surge ahead".