BJP’s tribal leader Mohan Majhi sworn in as Odisha Chief Minister

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Bhubaneswar. Tribal leader and four-time MLA Mohan Charan Majhi took oath as the first BJP chief minister of Odisha at a ceremony here on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union ministers and chief ministers attended the swearing-in ceremony. Senior BJP leader and MLA from Patnagarh KV Singh Deo and first-time MLA from Nimapara assembly constituency Prabhati Parida took oath as deputy chief ministers.

Majhi, who was the chief whip of the BJP in the previous assembly, was elected to the assembly for the fourth time in the recent assembly elections. He won from Keonjhar assembly constituency. Governor Raghubar Das administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at Janata Maidan.
This is the first time that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been formed in Odisha. Apart from Modi, BJP President JP Nadda, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Bhupendra Yadav, Dharmendra Pradhan, Jual Oraon, Ashwini Vaishnav and others attended the ceremony. Suresh Pujari, Rabinarayan Naik, Nityananda Gond, Krishna Chandra Patra, Prithviraj Harichandan, Mukesh Mahaling, Bibhuti Bhushan Jena and Krishna Chandra Mohapatra took oath as cabinet ministers.

Ganesh Ram Singh Khuntia, Suryabanshi Suraj, Pradeep Balasananta, Gokula Nanda Mallick and Sampad Kumar Swain took oath as Ministers of State (Independent). Several Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states including Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand were also present on the occasion. Outgoing Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also attended the ceremony.

The BJP got a clear mandate in Odisha for the first time, ending the 24-year rule of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
The BJP came to power by winning 78 seats in the 147-member state assembly, while Patnaik-led BJD got 51, Congress 14, CPI(M) got one seat and independent candidates won three seats.

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