Naveen re-elected as BJD president

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been re-elected as the president of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the fifth consecutive time. This was declared by party election officer Pravat Tripathy on Monday for which nominations papers were filed on January 25.
This apart, 81-member State executive committee was also declared. The committee included the names of Devi Prasad Mishra, Tathagat Satpathy, Pradip Panigrahi, Dharmananda Behera, Bhagirathi Badjena, Yaswant Laguri and Rudramadhab Rai. However, Jyotiskar Mohapatra, Prabhat Aditya Mishra, Asish Chakravarti and Gauri Praharaj were excluded from the executive committee.
According to the new constitution of BJD, there would be nine vice-presidents, a treasurer, 10 general secretaries, and 10 secretaries in the party. The names for these posts would be declared by the party president, BJD sources said.  

Panchayati Raj minister Kalpataru Das accompanied by other senior party leaders had filed the nomination paper on behalf of Patnaik for the top post on January 25. At least 10 proposers including MP Baijayant Panda, MLA V Sugnana Kumari Deo had signed the paper.

The lone nomination paper submitted before the election officer, paved way for the CM to remain at the helm of the ruling party for fifth straight time.

On receiving the nomination paper, Tripathy had told media that the name of Patnaik would be declared as party president on January 28 formally as no other member filed nomination for the post.

Patnaik is the founder president of the BJD, which came into effect after the death of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in 1997. Party's organisational elections are held in every three years.