Naveen set to be re-elected as BJD chief for eighth time | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is set to be re-elected as the BJD president for the record eighth time. He filed his nomination papers at the party headquarters here on Sunday.
Given that he is the only leader to have filed his papers for the post, Naveen’s re-election as the BJD chief is a foregone conclusion.
Accompanied by senior party leaders, Naveen filed the nomination papers before the party’s state returning officer Pratap Keshari Deb. Altogether 10 leaders, including two general secretaries of the headquarters and the organization, leaders from different regions and SC/ST communities signed as proposers on Naveen’s nomination form.
Eighty other leaders also filed their nominations for election to the state executive committee, which is the apex decision-making body of BJD.
“We are in the last phase of the organizational polls. The nomination papers for the post of party president and for the state executive committee will be scrutinized on Monday. The leaders can also withdraw their nomination papers on Tuesday. The results will be announced in the meeting of the newly-formed state council on February 26,” Deb told reporters after the nomination process.
After his re-election as the party president for the eighth time, Naveen is also scheduled to address the party workers at the BJD headquarters on February 26. With the election to the post of BJD president, the party’s organizational poll process, which had started in December will be concluded.
“Our party president has always emphasized on maintaining democracy within the party. Accordingly, the organizational election was held from the level of ward to the state president in a democratic manner,” BJD Rajya Sabha member Amar Patnaik said.
Endorsing Naveen’s leadership, senior BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab said, “Under Naveen babu’s leadership, our party has won five assembly elections. People of Odisha have high hopes from his leadership. We all support his re-election.”
Naveen has been leading the party since its inception on December 26, 1997. He has also led the party to a record five-term victory in the recent assembly election.
After his re-election, the ruling party will restructure its organization with the induction of new leaders as vice presidents, general secretaries, secretary and treasurer. Party insiders said the students, youth, women and other frontal organizations will also be restructured soon.





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