Naveen's grace, BJP leadership's courtesy on display at Mohan Majhi govt's oath-taking

Forgetting the bitter and acrimonious electoral duel in the just concluded elections, the top leadership of the BJP welcomed outgoing CM Naveen Patnaik with utmost respect
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Odisha government in Bhubaneswar (Photo | PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Odisha government in Bhubaneswar (Photo | PTI)

BHUBANESWAR: There could not be a better display of the beauty of Indian democracy and political courtesy than what came into view at the swearing-in ceremony of the Mohan Charan Majhi government in Odisha on Wednesday.

Forgetting the bitter and acrimonious electoral duel in the just concluded elections, the top national and state leadership of the BJP welcomed outgoing chief minister Naveen Patnaik on to the dais with utmost respect even as the latter had accepted the invitation by the rival to attend the ceremony in his characteristic statesmanesque grace and dignity.

There was a huge cheer when Naveen reached the venue, the crowd being BJP workers and supporters notwithstanding. As the former CM was greeted and escorted on the dais by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah rushed to him and ushered him to his assigned seat. Naveen was greeted by Union minister Nitin Gadkari and national president JP Nadda, who was seated by his side.

The chief ministers of BJP ruled states, who were on stage, greeted him while the CM-designate Majhi, his deputies and the ministers along with state president Manmohan Samal went to him with respect.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Odisha government in Bhubaneswar (Photo | PTI)
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After the oath taking ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi straightaway walked to Naveen on the stage. He talked to him for several minutes holding his hands, creating an impression that the camaraderie between the two leaders was intact despite the campaign against each other during the polls.

Social media was effusive in its praise for Naveen's grace and the BJP leadership's respect for the five-time chief minister on such a momentous occasion. Earlier in the day, the chief minister designate had made a courtesy visit to Naveen at his residence Naveen Nivas. “I met the outgoing CM and invited him for the swearing-in ceremony of the first BJP government in Odisha. He assured me that he will attend the event,” Majhi told mediapersons.

A BJP delegation led by state unit president Samal had visited Naveen on Tuesday to invite him to the oath-taking ceremony. Pradhan had hailed him as a statesman when the latter congratulated the three MPs from Odisha after they were sworn in as cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Odisha government in Bhubaneswar (Photo | PTI)
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