Odisha Begins Hunt For New Official Residence For Incoming Chief Minister. Here's Why

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to announce the name of its Odisha Chief Minister, the search has already began for a new official residence. But why are authorities scouting to identify suitable residences for the new CM? It is because Odisha currently does not have official Chief Minister's residence, with outgoing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his 24-year tenure, operated from his personal home -- Naveen Niwas -- his personal home which served as the Chief Minister's residence.
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Naveen Patnaik took oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the first time on March 5, 2000, and, was re-elected four times since then.

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As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to announce the name of its Odisha Chief Minister, the search has already began for a new official residence. But why are authorities scouting to identify suitable residences for the new CM?
It is because Odisha currently does not have official Chief Minister's residence, with outgoing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his 24-year tenure, operated from his personal home -- Naveen Niwas -- his personal home which served as the Chief Minister's residence.
Patnaik opted to work from his residence instead of a government-allocated house after being sworn-in as Chief Minister in 2000.
According to a senior government official, "The general administration department has begun the exercise to look for an appropriate and sprawling quarter for the new chief minister's residence. A few vacant quarters including the CM's grievance cell have been shortlisted. After the selection of the quarter, immediate renovation and installation of facilities will be done. But it will take some time."
Following the defeat in both the State Assembly and Parliamentary elections, the 24-year tenure of Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik came to an end as he submitted his resignation to Odisha Governor Raghubar Das at the Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
In the 2024 Assembly Polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 78 seats in the 147-seat assembly, while the BJD managed to secure 51 seats, falling short of the majority mark of 74. The Indian National Congress secured 14 seats. In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP also performed strongly, winning 20 out of the 21 parliamentary seats in the state, with the remaining one seat being won by the Congress.
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