Janaki Ballabh Patnaik

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Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
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Governor of Assam
In office
11 December 2009 – 10 December 2014
Preceded by Syed Sibtey Razi
Succeeded by Padmanabha Acharya
Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
9 June 1980 – 7 December 1989
Preceded by Nilamani Routray
Succeeded by Hemananda Biswal
In office
15 March 1995 – 17 February 1999
Preceded by Biju Patnaik
Succeeded by Giridhar Gamang
Personal details
Born Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
(1927-01-03) 3 January 1927 (age 88)
Rameshwar, Puri district
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Jayanti Patnaik
Alma mater Utkal University,
Banaras Hindu University
Religion Hinduism
Website Official Website

Janaki Ballabh Patnaik (Oriya: ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ (born January 3, 1927) is an Indian politician who has been Governor of Assam since 2009. A leader of the Indian National Congress, 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

After the completion of his early education at Khurda High School, he passed his B.A. degree in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and passed his M.A. 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. The construction of New Jagannath Sadak (Chandanpur of Puri district to Sarankul of Nayagarh district) is one of his major contribution to the transportation and tourism of Odisha .


He was allegedly involved in the coverup of the Anjana Mishra rape case.[1][2]


  1. ^ "My story BY ANJANA MISHRA". The Week. Feb 7, 1999. 
  2. ^ Nilanjana Bhaduri Jha (Aug 18, 2006). "System insensitive, says rape victim". Times of India. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Syed Sibtey Razi
Governor of Assam
Succeeded by
Padmanabha Acharya
Preceded by
Nilamani Routray(1st term)
Biju Pattanaik(3rd term)
Chief Minister of Odisha
9 June 1980 to 7 December 1989 (1st & 2nd term)
15 March 1995 to 17 February 1999 (3rd term)
Succeeded by
Hemananda Biswal(2nd term)
Giridhar Gamang(3rd term)