Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik filed his nomination papers from the Kantabanji assembly seat on Thursday.
CM Patnaik is contesting the Assembly elections from Kantabanji and Hinjili Assembly seats.
Earlier on April 24, Odisha Chief Minister kicked off the election campaign from Hinjili constituency. He stated that Odisha is the first state in India to present a separate agriculture budget.
Naveen Patnaik said, “This decade will be a golden era for the youth of the state as the government is placing emphasis on employment and skill development. We will bring a Youth budget in the state. Odisha is the first state in India to present a separate agriculture Budget.”

He further remarked that the coming decade will belong to Odisha.”Development is our identity. However, opposition parties are playing politics on every issue and opposing developmental activities. They had opposed projects including the Shree Mandir Prikrama project. People of the state are aware of it. The coming decade will belong to Odisha,” he added.
Assembly and Lok Sabha elections will be held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases, starting from Phase one on May 13, Phase two on May 20, Phase three on May 25 and the final Phase on June 1. The results will be announced on June 4.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) emerged as the dominant party, securing 20 out of the 21 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a single seat.
However, the 2019 elections saw a shift in the political landscape. The BJD’s seat count was reduced to 12, while the BJP made significant gains, winning 8 seats.
This change marked a notable increase in the BJP’s presence in the state. The Indian National Congress (INC) also managed to secure a seat in the 2019 elections. (ANI)