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Former Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died

Apr 21, 2015 09:09 IST

Former Governor of Assam and three-time Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died on 21 April 2015 in Tirupati. He was 89.

Born on 3 January 1927, in Rameshwar, Puri, Patnaik was a senior leader of Indian National Congress. He served Odisha as its Chief Minister from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999.

He also served Assam as its Governor from 2009 to 2014.

In 1947, he passed out with a degree in Sanskrit from the Utkal University and secured an MA degree in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949. In 1950, he became the President of the Odisha state unit of the youth wing of the Congress. In 1980, he became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour.

His major contribution to the transportation and tourism of Odisha is construction of New Jagannath Sadak (Chandanpur of Puri district to Sarankul of Nayagarh district).


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