Bhubaneswar, May 27: Keeping his promise during the electioneering, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grace the swearing-in ceremony to be held here on May 29 next.
Mr Patnaik will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive time on May 29 next at 1030 hours.
The BJD led by Mr Patnaik had won 112 of the 146 Assembly seats that went to polls in four phases in the state.
Chief Minister office sources said the invitation letter to the Prime Minister was handed over by a senior BJD leader to Modi at New Delhi.
Patnaik had also invited all the Parliament members and MLAs to the swearing-in ceremony besides top industrial houses.
A statement from the Governor’s house here today said that Governor Ganeshi Lal had appointed Patnaik as Chief Minister after the BJD legislature party at its meeting here yesterday elected him as leader. Patnaik staked his claim to form the government.
Patnaik, in a communication to the Governor said the new Council of Ministers headed by him will be sworn-in at the exhibition ground on May 29 at 10.30 am.
Patnaik and his Council of Ministers had tendered resignation to the Governor on May 24. The Governor had accepted the resignation and requested him to continue in office till a new Council of Ministers were sworn in.
The Chief Minister had also invited Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Tribal Welfare Minister Jual Oram and senior leaders of various other political parties to grace the swearing-in ceremony.
Sources said arrangement has been made for over 5,000 people to witness the swearing-in ceremony at the Exhibition Ground amid tight security.
An elaborate security arrangement has been made for the smooth conduct of the function. About 35 platoons of Police forces would be deployed around the ground where the swearing-in ceremony would be held.
Senior Police officers are supervising the security arrangement and smooth movement of traffic for the function. (UNI)