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Naveen Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik meets hockey players at his residence in Bhubaneswar. Patnaik had announced that the city of Rourkela will be the venue for India’s largest hockey stadium with a capacity of 20,000 and will also host the 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducts an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the State.

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In this file photo, from left, Outlook group Chairman Rajan Raheja, then finance minister Arun Jaitley, former President Pranab Mukherjee and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik during the Outlook Speakout Awards function, in New Delhi.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watches Rath Yatra from his office, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watches Rath Yatra from his office, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik pays tribute to Sepoy Chandrakant Pradhan and Naib Subedar Nanduram Soren who were martyred in India-China clash at Ladakh's Galwan Valley, at Bhubaneswar Airport.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik holds a review meeting after conducting an aerial survey of Cyclone Amphan-hit areas of state, in Bhubaneswar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted on his arrival by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Governor Ganeshi Lal, at the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik holds a review meeting after conducting an aerial survey of Cyclone Amphan-hit areas of state, at the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik during an aerial survey of the areas hit by Cyclone Amphan in Odisha.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wearing a face mask during a meeting with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray via video conferencing about the transportation of migrant workers, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wearing a face mask during a meeting with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan via video conferencing about the transportation of migrants from Surat, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rings a bell as a gesture to show gratitude to the helpers and medical practitioners who are working relentlessly to fight coronavirus during Janta curfew, in Bhubaneswar.

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BJD candidates Muna Khan (C in green), Subash Singh, Sujit Kumar and Mamata Mahanta file their nominations for Rajya Sabha elections at Odisha Legislative Assembly chamber in Bhubaneswar. President Naveen Patnaik is also seen.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presents SDC Tribal Football Championship Cup to the winners of Men and Women team, at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presents SDC Tribal Football Championship Cup to the winners of Men and Women team, at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

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Others call it dole. But Naveen has always believed in making things easier for the poor. Seen here launching Aaahar scheme under which a rice-dalma meal is provided to the poor in urban areas at just 5 rupees a meal.

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After the bitter fallout with Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Naveen was on the lookout for a Man Friday. His search ended with VK Pandian, who was posted as private secretary to the CM IN 2011. The relationship – and Naveen’s dependence on VK - has only strengthened since then

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With Congress still a force to reckon with in the state when he parachuted into politics in 1997, Naveen, as the head of the breakaway faction of the erstwhile Janata Dal, Naveen struck an alliance with the BJP to come to power. Seen here with Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the foundation stone laying ceremony of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar in 2003

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Nature lover Naveen Patnaik smelling a rose at the botanical gardens on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar

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Apart from being the most popular and successful politician in the history of Odisha, Naveen is also an artist of sorts. Here, he is seen painting at a function in Bhubaneswar

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Naveen Patnaik is just adored by children. Seen here spending some intimate times with school children

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Shy and reticent by nature, Naveen is rarely seen rejoicing and merry-making in public. But once in a while, he does make an exception. Seen shaking a leg with dancers at a Nuakhai Bhetghat programme in 2000

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Having come to power in the wake of the worst disaster to hit Odisha this century, the Super Cyclone of October 29, 1999, Naveen Patnaik has won praise both within the country and outside for building the state’s disaster resilience in the years that followed. Here, he is seen making an aerial survey of the flood ravaged areas in 2011

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No one gave Naveen a ghost of chance against the wily JB Patnaik when he became CM in 2000. But in the years that followed, Naveen proved one up not just on JB but every other rival within and outside the party

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With Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, the man who mentored Naveen Patnaik from the day he became Chief Minister in 2000 till the bitter fall-out between the ‘uncle’ and the ‘nephew’.

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The unstinted support of the bureaucracy has been one of the major reasons for Naveen’s long reign in office. Here, he is being greeted by employees of the state secretariat after becoming Chief Minister for the fourth time in 2014

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Naveen Patnaik settling down on the chair after becoming Chief Minister of Odisha for the first time in 2000

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah (2L), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (C) and Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan during inauguration of SUM Ultimate Medicare hospital, in Bhubaneswar.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurate SUM Ultimate Medicare hospital, in Bhubaneswar. Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan is also seen.

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Home minister Amit shah with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata banerjee, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish kumar and Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan during their lunch at Naveen Niwas, in Bhubaneswar.

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(L-R) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Home Minister Amit Shah and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting, in Bhubaneswar.

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Home Minister Amit Shah is greeted by party workers at airport ahead of his of meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council (EZC) followed by a rally in support of the amended citizenship law, in Bhubaneswar.

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Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, and Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju during the opening ceremony of the Khelo India University Games in Cuttack

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Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, and Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju during the opening ceremony of the Khelo India University Games in Cuttack.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitates bravery award winners Srimati Badra, Purnima Giri and Sabita Giri at Lok Seva Bhawan, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during inauguration of "Marine Drive Eco- Retreat” at Puri district.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das at Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

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TATA Sons Limited Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran meets Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence, in Bhubaneswar.

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President Ram Nath Kovind during the closing ceremony of the platinum jubilee celebration of Utkal University in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greets President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind on their arrival at Bhubaneswar airport.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitates International sand artists at Lok Seva Bhavan, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state level function on International Day for Persons with Disabilities, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik meets with FIFA tournament director of the local organising committee (LOC) Roma Khanna and Oliver Vogt, FIFA tournaments and events division ahead of U-17 Women’s World Cup Football 2020, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with FIH President Narinder Batra and others at the announcement of Odisha to host Hockey Men's World Cup 2023at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with the actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan during a meeting at his residence, in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik speaks during the first day of the winter legislative assembly, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik travels in city bus service "Mo Bus" from Airport square to Jayadev Bhawan to mark one year complition of Mo Bus service, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during FIH Olympics qualifyers 2019 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presents trophy to a police officer during state level function of Vigilance Awareness Week 2019, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bijepur MLA Rita Sahu with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas after winning by a record margin in Bijepur bye-election, in Bhubaneswar.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu is received by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at Biju Patnaik International Airport, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister and BJP chief Naveen Pattnaik arrives to attend the party's Jana Sampark Padayatra at Kargil area in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at the 5T rollout

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President Ram Nath Kovind being welcomed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, in Bhubaneswar. Governor Ganeshi Lal is also seen.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik looks on at a product as he interacts with 'Dongria Kandh' tribal women during inaguration of an exclusive tribal retail outlet at TDCCOL head office in Bhubaneswar.

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Chief ministers Kamal Nath of Madhya Pradesh, Naveen Patnaik of Odisha and Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh during Union Home Minister's review meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE), at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoists the National flag on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal supremo Naveen Patnaik being garlanded by supporters after the party won in Patkura assembly contituency, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributes 'Abhada Torani' to devotees during the annual 'Rath Yatra' of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, in Puri.

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Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik watch the annual 'Rath Yatra' of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, in Puri.

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PM Modi with CM Naveen Patnaik

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari with Budget documents for 2019-20, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik greets the members on the first day of the Budget Session of Assembly, in Bhubaneswar.

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BJD's Rajya Sabha candidates Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra file their nomination for the Rajya Sabha by-polls in the presence of Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik, in Bhubaneswar

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BJD chief Naveen Patnaik arrives for the meeting of heads of various political parties in both the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the Budget Session 2019, in New Delhi.

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the heads of various political parties in both the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the Budget Session 2019, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a meeting in New Delhi.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greets six-time MLA of Biju Janata Dal Surya Narayan Patro after he was elected as the 22nd speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly, in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik signs a register as he takes oath as an MLA at Odisha Legislative Assembly, in Bhubaneswar.

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Secretariat employees greet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his 5th term, in Bhubaneswar.

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Governor Ganeshi Lal with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Council of ministers during their swearing-in ceremony in Bhubaneswar.

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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik takes oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term at the IDCO Exhibition Ground, in Bhubaneswar.

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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik signs a document as he takes oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term at the Idco Exhibition Ground, in Bhubaneswar.

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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik takes oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term at the Idco Exhibition Ground, in Bhubaneswar.

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Women activists greet Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik after party's victory in Odisha assembly elections, in Bhubaneswar.

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BJD President and Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik flashes the victory sign after party's victory in Odisha assembly and Lok Sabha elections, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik takes stock of the preparedness for Cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik shows his inked marked finger after casting vote, during the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, at a polling station in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik holds a copy of party manifesto as he addresses the media, in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik with others hold copies of party manifesto, in Bhubaneswar.

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Biju Janata Dal President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik files his nomination papers for Hinjili assembly constituency ahead of the elections, at Chatrapur in Berhampur.

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Pattnaik announces the first list of party candidates for nine Lok Sabha and 54 assembly constituencies ahead of General Election 2019, in Bhubaneswar.

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CM Naveen Patnaik flags off the KALIA campaign vans

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flags off the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra train to Assam at Bhubaneswar Railway Station, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lays wreaths on the coffins of slain CRPF Jawans Manoj kumar Behera and Prasanna Kumar Sahu at Biju Patnaik International Airport, in Bhubaneswar. Behera and Sahu lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with state's Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera showcase a briefcase consisting papers ahead of Budget Session of Odisha Assembly, in Bhubaneswar.

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Naveen Patnaik launching the KALIA Yojana in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik meets with the 15th Finance Commission Chairperson NK Singh during a meeting, in Bhubaneswar.

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Naveen Patnaik with Narendra Modi in Bhubaneswar, December 2018

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a sit-in dharna, demanding the Centre to increase Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy, in New Delhi.

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Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik waves at party workers during 21st foundation day celebration of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greets Telangana Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cuts a cake during Christmas celebrations, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitates Bolywood actor Salman Khan at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack during 2nd inaugural ceremony for Men's Hockey world cup. Also seen in the picture is music director A R Rehman.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (C) flanked by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra and team captains of participating nations during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Team captains join Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for a picture at Mukteshwar Temple, Bhubaneswar ahead of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacts with the captains of 16 participating countries in 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup at Mukteswar Temple, in Bhubaneswar.

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Journalists meet CM Naveen to complain against Abhijit

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