Naveen Patnaik elected BJD legislature party leader

May 19th, 2009 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was formally elected as the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislative party leader Tuesday, a party official said.
Patnaik was unanimously elected in a specially convened meet at the party’s headquarter in state capital Bhubaneswar.

The party won 103 out of 147 seats in the state assembly and 14 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Orissa in the recently concluded polls.

The sweeping victory came as a surprise particularly after Patnaik split from his 11-year-old political ally BJP over seat sharing. The BJD-BJP combine, which broke a month ahead of the elections, had ruled the state for two consecutive terms.

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