Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend as “guest” in his swearing-in ceremony after the declaration of election results on May 23.
Patnaik claimed that the BJD had already got a majority in the Assembly after the third phase polling held on April 23.
During an election rally in Basta Assembly constituency under Balasore Lok Sabha seat, Naveen said,
With the blessings of people here, BJD has already secured majority in the Assembly. I humbly invite Modiji to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the BJD government as a guest.
Of the 147 Assembly seats, election for 105 have already been held in the first three phases in the state while polling will be held for the remaining seats in the fourth phase on April 29.
Patnaik’s statement comes a day after the Prime Minister asserted that the exit of BJD government was certain.