Odisha Lok Sabha election result 2019: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal stands ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with 12 out of 21 seats in the state. The counting of votes for the 17th Lok Sabha began at 8 AM on May 23 across the various polling stations in the country. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Naveen Patnaik has strong dominance in the state’s politics. The party was formed in 1997 and stormed to power in the state in 2000 and Naveen Patnaik has been serving as the CM of Odisha since then. The state has 21 Lok Sabha seats of which five are reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and four for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates. The eastern state went to polls in four different phases on April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29. Also, Assembly elections were held in the state simultaneously.
The BJD has historically performed exceptionally well in parliamentary elections. In 1998, the BJD won nine seats and Naveen Patnaik was named the Minister for Mines in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In the 1999 and 2004 general elections, the party won 10 and 11 seats, respectively. However, the BJD parted ways with the BJP in 2009 due to differences over seat sharing. In the 2009 general elections, the BJD won 14 seats. When elections were held in 2014, the BJP registered its best-ever performance by securing 20 of the 21 seats.