Patnaik returns home, gets rousing welcomeMay 31st, 2012 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, May 31 (IANS) Thousands of Biju Janata Dal workers and leaders Thursday welcomed Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik when he arrived in the state capital after an eight-day trip to Britain.
Patnaik’s return was anxiously awaited by the party workers in the wake of an alleged rebellion by a section of Biju Janata Dal legislators, led by Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.
State ministers, legislators and members of parliament greeted Patnaik with flowers as soon as he came out of the airport. People were also waiting for him at his official residence.
Due to the gathering, passengers had a tough time reaching the airport to catch their flights.
Patnaik’s loyalists had alleged that Mohapatra Tuesday night held a meeting with a large number of legislators at his residence with an aim to destabilise the chief minister.
They said Mohapatra aborted the move after realising that he did not have the required numbers in his favour.
Mohapatra, who had been an advisor to the chief minister, however denied the allegations and said the legislators met him because they were unhappy with the party’s activities.
- Naveen Patnaik to meet BJD leaders Friday (Lead) - Jun 01, 2012
- Naveen Patnaik suspends Mohapatra, drops two ministers - Jun 01, 2012
- Patnaik holds talks to mend fences in BJD - Jun 01, 2012
- Naveen Patnaik suspends Mohapatra, drops two ministers (Lead) - Jun 02, 2012
- Dissident leader upset but rules out split in BJD - May 30, 2012
- Presidential election: Sangma's son meets Patnaik - Jun 26, 2012
- Naveen Patnaik to expand ministry - Aug 02, 2012
- Pranab in Odisha to seek support - Jul 11, 2012
- BJD to abstain in vice-presidential poll - Aug 05, 2012
- Sangma arrives in Odisha to seek support - Jul 15, 2012
- Naveen Patnaik rules out supporting Congress - Mar 07, 2011
- Patnaik postpones Chennai trip - Apr 04, 2012
- Patnaik leaves for Delhi to back Sangma - Jun 27, 2012
- Dissident BJD leader's forum a parallel platform? - Oct 12, 2011
- Pranab hopeful of Mamata's support (Lead) - Jul 11, 2012
Tags: aim, allegations, bhubaneswar, chief minister, day trip, favour, flights, janata, legislators, loyalists, members of parliament, mohan, mohapatra, parliament, rajya sabha, realising, rebellion, sabha member, state ministers, tuesday night