Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday was forced to abandon his Independence Day speech in the capital Bhubaneshwar after he became unwell. He was seen to be slowing down with coughing profusely prompting the officials to take him for medical urgent treatment.
Patnaik’s health began to deteriorate towards the end of his Independence Day speech at Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneshwar.
Senior BJD leader, Devi Mishra, told media that the chief minister did not feel well due to humidity. Later the public relation wing of Patnaik’s residence, Naveen Niwas, issued a press release stating that he was ‘perfectly fine’ and he will be attending other programmes of the day as scheduled.
Later, Patnaik, after undergoing treatment at his residence, told media that “my health is fine. I am alright”.
Speculations on Patnaik’s health have been doing rounds in political circles of the state for quite sometime. But every time the BJD leadership has rejected the speculations on CM’s ill health outright.
Patnaik has been heading Odisha government since March 2000.