Puri: A day before taking oath as Chief Minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term, Naveen Patnaik visited Lord Jagannath’s temple here to seek blessings of the sibling deities.
“I came to visit Lord Jagannath to offer prayers for the people of Odisha before I take oath as Chief Minister tomorrow in Bhubaneswar,” Patnaik told reporters in front of the temple.
Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief PK Mohapatra and senior district administration officials were present during the CM’s visit.
Besides Patnaik, several newly elected BJD MLAs have also visited the temple to seek blessings of the Lord Jagannath.
Patnaik will take oath as the CM of the State at 10.30 am at the IDCO Exhibition Ground on Wednesday. For the first time, swearing-in event would be organised outside the Raj Bhavan.
Nearly, 5,000 people would present at the oath-taking ceremony.
The BJD has emerged a clear winner, bagging 112 in the 147-member Assembly. In the outgoing Assembly, the regional party had 117 seats.The BJD bagged 112 seats in the 146-member Assembly.