The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, has condoled the passing away of Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, three times Odisha Chief Minister and a veteran Congress leader.
“Shri JB Patnaik’s contribution to Odisha’s development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family. Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people’s views and aspirations,” the Prime Minister said.
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik passed away in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, early on Tuesday morning aged 89. Patnaik was in the temple town to attend the convocation ceremony of the Rashtriya Sanskrit University at Tirupati.
He was admitted to a local hospital after he complained of chest pain late last night. His body will be brought to Bhubaneswar this afternoon and his last rites will be performed in Puri. Patnaik was born on January 3, 1927. He had been the Governor of Assam between 2009 and 2014. He was Chief Minister of Odisha from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999, holding that post for the longest time on record before Naveen Patnaik
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