Naveen Misses Record to Become Longest Serving CM

Bhubaneswar (Surjit Kumar Dhal): The election results hint that the BJD chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik failed to become the longest-serving Chief Minister ever to rule a state in India.

The 77-year-old Naveen Patnaik hardly required 78 days more to enter into record books to surpass the longest tenure as CM, a record that continues in the name of Sikkim’s former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling.

The trends after counting show that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to attain majority in the 147-seat Odisha Assembly. The two-and-half-a-decade old Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government in Odisha is going to be out. The BJP is likely to form its maiden government in the state.

The BJP is leading in 76 against the BJD in 53 seats followed by Congress (16) and others (2). The BJP has crossed the simple majority mark of 74.

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