Bhubaneswar, Jan 17:
Anant Narayan Jena, popularly known as Bunu, has retained his post as Mayor of the Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation.
He was elected unopposed on Friday, ending all speculations about him being replaced by a new party nominee.
Earlier in the day, chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik nominated Anant Narayan Jena as the party candidate for the post of Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the second time.
The chief minister made the announcement at a press briefing at his residence Naveen Niwas here.
Several people and the corporators had gathered near Naveen Nivas in the morning, waiting eagerly for the announcement.
Besides Jena, three BJD corporators —Sk Nizamuddin, Amaresh Jena and Preetinanda Routray were in the race for the post.
Sources said that while several developmental works in the capital city had taken place during the first tenure of Jena from 2008 to 2013, there are some other works which are underway while other developmental works are lying in initial stage.
Since Jena was involved in all these developmental works in the city, appointing him for the second term would help expedite the pending and incomplete works, sources in the BJD said.