Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the regional party of Odisha, is named after the legendary former Chief Minister and architect of modern Odisha, late Shri Biju Patnaik. It was founded on 26th December 1997; with deep rooted belief in secularism and value-based politics, and exemplary commitment to the development of Odisha and its people. Much of the popularity and electoral success of the party is credited to Shri Naveen Patnaik's image as an incorruptible and 'clean' leader. A true leader of the masses and the champion of the cause of Odias, late Shri Biju Patnaik, fondly remembered as Biju Babu by its people, is the guiding light for the BJD. His entire life was dedicated to safeguarding the political and cultural foundations of Odisha, and improving the socio-economic lot of its people. Biju Babu's integrity, vision and selfless dedication to the cause of Odisha and its people have greatly influenced the leaders, youth and workers in the party.
Mission and Values
Biju Janata Dal is inspired to make the dream of legendary Biju Babu a reality; which aims at building an Odisha that lifts all Odias. It is the mission of BJD, led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, to protect the dignity and self-respect of 4 crores Odias; and to focus on the all-round development and overall welfare of Odisha, and its people. Providing a secular, corruption-free and welfare state, based on the basic tenets of social justice and equality for all, has been guiding principle and values of Shri Naveen Patnaik, the founding President of the party.
Since its inception, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has marched ahead to win every single election, be it elections to the Lok Sabha, state Assembly or the Urban local bodies. It has been in Government since 2000, wining the state Assembly elections for a historic 4th consecutive term this past May. In the recent Kandhamal Lok Sabha bye-elections, the BJD candidate Smt. Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh trounced her nearest opponent by nearly three lakhs votes. It set a new precedence in the era of electoral politics in Odisha where such a huge margin of victory was never seen before in a bye-election in recent times. The people of Odisha know that it is their beloved CM Sri Naveen Patnaik who has their best in his mind, heart and soul and it is Naveen Babu in whom they trust and believe. It is Naveen Babu and the BJD’s conch which they always turn to when the electoral bells chime.