Former Odisha CM JB Patnaik passes away

TIRUPATI: A veteran Congress leader, three-time chief minister of Odisha and ex-governor of Assam Janaki Ballav Patnaik, 89, died of heart attack here this morning. JB Patnaik is survived by his wife Jayanti Patnaik, son Pruthvi Ballav Patnaik and two daughters a�� Sudatta Patnaik and Supriya Patnaik.

JB Pattnaik, who arrived here to participate in the convocation ceremony of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in Tirupati, had a darshan of Sri Venkateshwara at Tirumala Monday night.

Later, he suffered stroke and was rushed to the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) hospital, where he breathed his last in the early hours. Moments before death, he reportedly chanted Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra while having darshan of Lord Balaji at Tirupati temple.

His body was being sent to Bhubaneswar by this afternoon.A�A�According to family sources, the last rites will be performed at Swargadwara in Puri.

JB Patnaik was born on January 3, 1927. He was the 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 B.A. in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and M.A. in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949. In 1950, he became the president of the Odisha State unit of the Youth Congress. In 1980, he became Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour. He also worked as Governor of Assam between 2009 and 2004. He was Chancellor of Tirupati Sanskrit University for the last seven years.

Construction of New Jagannath Sadak (Chandanpur of Puri district to Sarankul of Nayagarh district) is one of his major contributions to the transportation and tourism of Odisha State. JB Patnaik, who started his career as a journalist, was a Sanskrit scholar and wrote several books.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, JualOram condoled the death of former chief minister and governor. Tirupati Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Shatapati, Dravida University former Vice-Chancellor Arunachalam, Vedic University former Vice-Chancellor SannidhanamS udarshana Sharma, Registrar Uma Shankar, former Registrar Subba Rao, SVIMS Director Vengamma and others visited the body in the SVIMS and expressed condolences. (NSS)

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