Bhubaneswar, May 28 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who stormed to power for five consecutive terms, has said the people of Odisha will select his successor when the time comes.
In an interview to a newspaper, the 72-year-old Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, however, said that none from his family would succeed him.
“BJD has not chosen a successor yet and the decision, whenever it will be taken, will be made by the people of Odisha,” he said.
Asked about this party’s success in the recently-concluded elections, Patnaik said, “We have concentrated on people and development. We hope to take Odisha to new heights.”
Referring to the BJP victory in the general elections, he said the saffron party has done extremely well as it took advantage of the poor show of the Congress.
BJD had won 112 seats in the 146-member assembly. The Lok Sabha and assembly elections were simultaneously held in four phases in Odisha, starting April 11.