Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo

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Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo
Chief Minister, Odisha
In office
8 March 1967 – 9 January 1971
Preceded by Sadashiva Tripathy
Succeeded by Biswanath Das
Constituency Balangir
Personal details
Born (1912-03-31)31 March 1912
Sailashri Palace, Balangir, Patna state
Died 23 February 1975(1975-02-23) (aged 62)
Political party Swatantra Party
Other political
affiliations
Ganatantra Parishad
Spouse(s) Kailash Kumari Debi
Children 2 sons (Raj Raj Singh Deo,
Ananga Udaya Singh Deo)
and 4 daughters
Alma mater Mayo College,
St. Columba's College, Hazaribagh
Profession Politician
Religion Hindu

Maharaja Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo (31 March 1912–23 February 1975) was an Indian politician and the last ruler of the princely state of Patna in Odisha before Indian independence in 1947. He was the President of the Ganatantra Parishad political party from 1950 to 1962 and the President of the Odisha state unit of the Swatantra Party after its merger with the Ganatantra Parishad in 1962. He was the Chief Minister of Orissa from 1967[1] to 1971.

Early life[edit]

Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo was born to Raja Aditya Pratap Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Seraikela and Rani Padmini Kumari Devi. He was adopted by Maharaja Prithwiraj Singh Deo of Patna state. He studied in the Mayo College in Ajmer and the St. Columbia's College in Hazaribagh.[1] He became the Maharaja of Patna state in 1924 and assumed full powers in 1933. In 1948, the princely state of Patna was merged with the Union of India.

Political career[edit]

In 1951, Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo was elected to the 1st Lok Sabha from Kalahandi Bolangir constituency in Odisha as a Ganatantra Parishad candidate.[2]

In 1957, he was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Titlagarh constituency[3] and became the leader of the opposition in the Odisha Legislative Assembly. After the fall of the minority Congress government, the Ganatantra Parishad formed a coalition government with the Congress on 22 May 1959. Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo became the finance minister in this government. The coalition government collapsed on 21 February 1961 and the President's rule was imposed. In 1961, he was re-elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Kantabanji constituency.[4]

In 1967, he was re-elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Bolangir constituency[1] and became the Chief Minister of Odisha on 8 March 1967. He led a coalition government formed by the Swatantra Party and the Orissa Jana Congress of Harekrushna Mahatab. He resigned from the office on 9 January 1971 and on 11 January 1971 the President's rule was imposed.[5] In 1971 and 1974, he was re-elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from the same constituency.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bio - Data of Chief Ministers of Orissa". Orissa Reference Manual - 2004. pp. 192–3. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Statistical Report on General elections, 1951 to the 1st Lok Sabha, Volume I". Election Commission of India website. p. 17. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Statistical Report on General Election, 1957 to the Legislative Assembly of Odisha". Election Commission of India website. p. 5. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Statistical Report on General Election, 1961 to the Legislative Assembly of Odisha". Election Commission of India website. p. 5. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Brief History of Odisha Legislative Assembly Since 1937". Odisha Legislative Assembly website. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 

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Preceded by
Sadashiva Tripathy
Chief Minister of Odisha
8 March 1967–9 January 1971
Succeeded by
Biswanath Das