Naveen Patnaik is an Indian Politician and the head of the Biju Janata Dal Party. He is the current & 14th Chief Minister of Odisha. Naveen Patnaik is the longest serving Chief Minister of any Indian State and also the 3rd Indian Minister who wins five consecutive terms as Chief Minister.
|Real Name||Naveen Patnaik|
|Famous for||Indian politician|
|Date of Birth||16-Oct-46|
|Age(as in 2020)||74 years|
|Birth Place||Cuttack , Odisha|
|Nationality||British Raj, Indian|
|Home Town||Bhubaneswar, Odisha|
|School||Welham Boy’s School, Dehradun , Doon School, Dehradun|
|College/University||Kirori Mal College, New Delhi|
|Address||Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, Khurda District, Bhubaneshwar|
|Hair Color||Light Blonde|
|Hobbies||Playing, Reading & listening Songs|
Birth & Early Life
Patnaik was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack to Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, and his Punjabi wife, Gyan. Patnaik was educated at the Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun, and later the prestigious The Doon School. After that he attended Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, and he qualified for Bachelor of Arts degree. Patnaik is a writer and had for most part of his youth been away from both politics and Odisha, but after his father Biju Patnaik’s demise, he entered politics in 1997 and a year later founded the Biju Janata Dal, named after Biju Patnaik, which won the state election with the BJP as its alliance and formed the government in which Patnaik became Chief Minister. His mild mannerism, “Stand against corruption” and “Pro-poor policies” have resulted in the development of a huge support base in Odisha, which has voted him to power in the last five consecutive terms. Like his father, he has managed to control the bureaucracy and transformed it into a machine for the development of the state.
After the death of his father Biju Patnaik, leader of the Janata Dal, he was elected as a member to the 11th Lok Sabha in the by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency in Odisha, India. He was a member of the Consultative Committee of Ministry of Steel & Mines, Member of Standing Committee on Commerce, and Member Library Committee of Parliament. A year later the Janta Dal split and Patnaik founded the Biju Janta Dal which in alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) performed well and Patnaik was selected the Union Minister for Mines in the cabinet of A.B.Vajpayee.
In 2000 Assembly election, BJD won the majority of seats in alliance with the BJP in the Odisha Assembly elections, Patnaik resigned from the Union cabinet and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha.
BJP led NDA lost the general elections in 2004, however, the coalition led by Naveen Patnaik emerged victorious in the state legislative elections and he continued as the Chief Minister. During this tenure, the friction between the ruling partners was getting more and more apparent, especially after the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in the Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2007–2008 and also active participation of Bajrang Dal in the riots that hit Kandhamal region.
In the run-up to the polls for the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly of Odisha elections in 2009, BJD walked out of the NDA after severing ties with the BJP and joined the nascent Third Front constituted mainly by the Left Front and few regional parties. He did it after severely criticising BJP’s involvement in Kandhamal anti-Christian riots during 2007. The BJD won a resounding victory in both the Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly) as well as the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, winning 14 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats and 103 of the 147 assembly seats and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha on 21 May 2009 for the third consecutive term.
Patnaik won a huge victory in both the 2014 Indian general elections and the Legislative Assembly of Odisha elections in 2014. Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal secured 20 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats of Odisha and 117 of the 147 Odisha Vidhan Sabha seats.
Despite a strong BJP wave across the country, the Biju Janata Dal, under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik won as many as 112 seats out of 146 (polls for 1 was deferred) in the Legislative Assembly of Odisha and 12 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in 2019 Indian general elections.
|Favorite Film||Not Known|
|Favorite TV Show||Not Known|
|Favorite Singer||Not Known|
Marital Status and More
|Controversies||In 2012, Union Minister Srikant Jena blamed him for permitting illicit mining of iron mineral worth 2,50,000 crores|
|Salary (Approx.)||98,000 + Other Allowances (per month)(as the Chief Minister of Odisha)|
|Net Worth||63.86 crores|
Social Media Presence
Awards & Recognitions
The United Nations has complimented Naveen Patnaik for his government’s proposal of 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and the state Assemblies.
Naveen Patnaik was born to Biju Patnaik and Gyan Patnaik and two siblings named Geeta Mehta and Prem Patnaik.
- In an alluring way, Naveen dabbled in the world of high fashion. Very few might know that during 1960s, he had opened a fashion boutique named the Psychedelhi along with one of his close buddies in the capital’s renowned Oberoi Hotel.
- He is an art lover. He is the key person in setting up Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
- Renowned personalities like Mick Jagger and US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy are his close friends.
- He traveled extensively till the age of 50.
- He is a voracious reader.