|14th Chief Minister of Odisha|
5 March 2000
|Governor||M. M. Rajendran
Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare
S. C. Jamir
|Preceded by||Hemananda Biswal|
|Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Mines |
19 Mar 1998 – 8 Mar 2000
|Prime Minister||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Member of the Indian Parliament
1997 – 8 Mar 2000
|Preceded by||Biju Patnaik|
|Succeeded by||Kumudini Patnaik|
16 October 1946 |
Cuttack, Orissa, British India
|Political party||Biju Janata Dal|
|Janata Dal (1996–98)|
|Residence||Naveen Nivas, Bhubaneswar|
|Alma mater||Kirori Mal College|
|Website||Official BJD page
Chief Minister of Odisha
Naveen Patnaik (born October 16, 1946) is 14th and current Chief Minister of Odisha, a state in eastern India. The founding chief of the Biju Janata Dal political party, he is also a writer and has published three books. His attempts to bring in transparency in the system and his drive against corruption in high places, including his own party BJD, have given him the epithet of "Mr Clean" and voted as most popular chief minister.
Patnaik was born on October 16, 1946 in Cuttack in a Karan family to Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, and his wife Gyan Patnaik. Patnaik was educated at The Doon School. After that he attended Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, and he qualified for Bachelor of Arts degree. Naveen 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 three 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. However, as the 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 in 2000.
All this led to the rise in the popularity of A. B. Vajpayee and the BJP, the NDA was again victorious in 2004 and Patnaik continued as the Chief Minister, but 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 criticizing 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, bagging 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 May 21, 2009 for the third consecutive term.
Naveen Patnaik won a huge victory in both the 2014 Indian General Elections and the Legislative Assembly of Odisha elections in 2014. Naveen 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. 
Naveen Patnaik spend most of his early days away from Odisha so he couldn’t able to learn Odiya language. He is only chief minister of India who dose not Speak regional language of the state. However he profess great mastery over Hindi and English language. At rallies, he speak Odia speeches written in English.
Awards and recognitions
- Naveen Patnaik was felicitated by the United Nations (UN) for an effort to evacuate nearly a million people ahead of tropical storm, Cyclone Phailin, that made a landfall on coastal Odisha in October 2013.
- A Second Paradise: Indian Country Life 1590–1947 - Published in India, England and U.S.
- A Desert Kingdom: The People of Bikaner - Published in India, England and U.S.
- The Garden of Life: An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India- Published in India, England and U.S.
- Sacred Geography Of Puri: Structure And Organisation, And Cultural Role Of A Pilgrim Centre - Published in India, England and U.S.
- "Naveen Patnaik wins from Hinjili in Orissawork=India Today". 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". parliamentofindia.nic.in. 2001. Retrieved 16 February 2013. "19 Mar. 1998- Union Cabinet Minister, Steel and Mines onwards"
- From greenhorn to history-scripting politician, The Hindu, 18 May, 2009
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- Reshmi R Dasgupta, TNN May 10, 2004, 03.13am IST (2004-05-10). "Naveen Patnaik sets stage for GeNext Doscos - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Ex-Doon mates mount pressure on Naveen Niwas, Kamal rings up Pappu". Odishatoday.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Doon dosti gets Naveen Rs20,000 cr - India - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- Sandeep Mishra, TNN Feb 11, 2012, 04.41AM IST (2012-02-11). "Excise minister resigns over hooch tragedy - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Naveen Patnaik: The man who would be king, or would he? - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Profile-Chief Minister of Odisha". Orissa. Gov.in. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Profile-Chief Minister of Orissa". Orissa. Gov.in. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- For Naveen, politics is a way to complete father's agenda. Indianexpress.com (1997-05-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-25.
- Ram Madhav, "Local factors led to Kandhamal violence", 8 January 2008, Rediff India Abroad.
- Kandhamal caused BJP-BJD break-up: Naveen Patnaik – Politics News – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (2010-02-03). Retrieved on 2010-12-25.
- "Naveen Patnaik fails language test". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "UN citation to Naveen for Phailin evacuation" (Business Standard). 20 December 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- Notable personalities of Odisha, including Naveen Patnaik, in Orissadiary website
- Notable personalities of Odisha as per the Govt. of Odisha official web site
- Odisha's accidental politician, BBC
|Chief Minister of Odisha
5 March 2000–present