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Patnaik takes oath as Odisha Chief Minister for 5th consecutive term

Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik, who led his Biju Janata Dal to a landslide victory in the Assembly elections, took oath as the chief minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term on Wednesday.

Patnaik was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Idco Exhibition Ground here.

Twenty newly elected BJD MLAs also took oath as ministers, including 11 of Cabinet rank, at the swearing-in ceremony attended by a host of dignitaries.

President Ramnath Kovind spoke to Naveen Patnaik and congratulated him on taking oath as the chief minister.

"The President conveyed his good wishes to him and his entire team for the development of the state @Naveen_Odisha, the President's Secretariat tweeted.

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