Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 20:
The stage is set for tomorrow’s oath taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan that will herald Naveen Patnaik’s fourth innings as chief minister of Odisha.
Governor Dr SC Jamir would administer the oath of office and secrecy to Patnaik at Raj Bhawan, the very same venue where he was sworn in on three earlier occasions in 2000, 2004 and 2009. While the number is uncertain, the members of the new council of ministers will also take oath along with the chief minister.
Security has been tightened in the capital city and around the Raj Bhawan. Secretariat and Raj Bhawan officials as well as Commissionerate Police are working overtime to ensure the smooth conduct of the much awaited ceremony.
Seating arrangement has been made for 3000 people including the invitees who will attend the swearing in ceremony.
“Elaborate security arrangements have been made at the Raj Bhawan while arrangements have been made for the VVIP’s vehicles entry and parking. 10 platoons of police and IRB personnel will be deployed for this special ceremony,” said Dr RP Sharma, Commissioner of Police.
Taking into consideration the possibility of a large turn out for the oath taking ceremony, LED screens have been installed outside the Raj Bhawan for those who will not get access to the premises of Raj Bhawan, he said.
Naveen Patnaik will be the first-ever chief minister to rule the state for four consecutive terms and the icing on his cake is the fact that his party has won the highest number of seats in his fourth term- a whopping 117 in the 147-member House.