About Political parties in Odisha
The state has a multi-party system where the two main parties are the Indian National Congress (Congress) and the regional Samajwadi Party Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has grown in recent years.
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The party with the most seats in the Odisha Legislative Assembly is the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The current Chief Minister of Odisha is BJD leader Naveen Patnaik, who has led the government since March 2000.
Odisha is represented by 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. They are elected from region-based constituencies. The Upper House of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Odisha, is represented by 10 representatives, who are elected by the members of the State Legislative Assembly.
List of Political Parties in Odisha
The state has a mix of active political parties which are both national and regional. Here are the current active political parties.
Aam Aadmi Party
All India Forward Bloc
All India Jharkhand Party
All India Trinamool Congress
Biju Janata Dal
Bharatiya Janata Party
Bahujan Samaj Party
Communist Party Of India(Marxist)
Indian National Congress
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Historically there have been other political parties that have influenced state politics. Some most important but now-defunct political parties are as below.
All India Ganatantra Parishad
Orissa Jana Congress
Praja Socialist Party
Odisha Gana Parishad