J.B Patnaik , Former Odisha Chief Minister and Congress leader passes away


  • Former Governor of Assam and three-time Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballav Patnaik passes away in a private hospital at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Mr. Patnaik, was a veteran Congress leader.
  • He was 89 years old and is survived by his wife Jayanti Patnaik, son Pruthvi Ballav Patnaik and two daughters -Sudatta Patnaik and Supriya Patnaik.
  • Mr. Patnaik had gone to Tirupati from Bhubaneswar  to attend the convocation ceremony of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha . 
  • Mr. Patnaik was Chancellor of the university.
  • Earlier, Mr. Patnaik had returned to Odisha in December last after completing his full term of five years as Governor of Assam.

Brief History:

  • He was born in Puri district on January 3, 1927. 
  • He was Chief Minister of Odisha from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999. 
  • He was also the Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly from 2004 to 2009.
  • Mr. Patnaik, who started his career as a journalist, was a Sanskrit scholar and wrote several books.