Odisha: BJD foundation day celebration in Puri on Dec 26

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha is all set to hold its state-level foundation day celebration in Puri on December 26.

BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved a proposal in this regard, said party vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra here today.

“The BJD was unable to celebrate its 25th foundation day properly last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our party president Naveen Patnaik has approved a proposal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BJD in Puri on December 26,” Mishra added.

The office-bearers of BJD’s state, district and block units, and elected representatives of the party will participate in the celebration in Puri, Mishra said. “Our party president will address the gathering. The party will celebrate its foundation day in all Assembly constituencies in next 15 days,” Mishra added.

Notably, the BJD was founded on December 26, 1997. The regional party in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to the power in Odisha in 2000 Assembly elections. The alliance retained power in 2004 Assembly elections in the state.

The regional party was able to form government in Odisha on its own in 2009 Assembly elections after parting ways with the BJP in the aftermath of Kandhamal riots in 2008. The BJD managed to retain power in Odisha in 2014 and 2019 Assembly elections.

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