Naveen Patnaik, BJD president who had taken his party to a landslide win in the Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, has been sworn in as chief minister for the 4th term. Governor S.C. Jamir administered to him and his ministers the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar.
Patnaik, who was once considered a political rookie and a reluctant inheritor of Biju Patnaik's mantle in 1997, has become a master strategist now. Despite a series of scams and charges of irregularities in MGNERGA dogging him, Patnaik led the BJD to a thumping win with117/ 147 Assembly seats and 20/21 Lok Sabha seats. A writer, he also dabbled in arts and founded the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).