Bhubaneswar: Huge crowd gathered outside Biju Patnaik International airport here today to receive Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for winning Outlook Speakout award as the Best Administrator.
Patnaik received a rousing welcome from BJD MLAs, leaders and party supporters after he landed at the airport from New Delhi in afternoon.
Dedicating the award to Odisha people, CM expressed his gratitude to people for their greetings and wishes on winning the award, initiated by leading English Magazine Outlook Group, in New Delhi.
“I dedicate the Outlook Speakout Best Administrator award to people of Odisha. I will continue my efforts for taking the State to top position in list of development.”
On speculations about early polls and BJD-BJP deal at Centre, he said, “BJD is always prepared for the elections and we will keep equal distance from both BJP and Congress.”
Earlier in the day, BJD had said that the welcome programme will be low key affair to extend sympathy for the victims and injured passengers in the Utkal Express train tragedy. Addressing a press conference, party leader Sanjay Dasburma had urged the party workers and people not to celebrate the post award occasion in a grand manner.