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Naveen Pattnaik,the Chief Minister of Orissa

Naveen Patnaik:Chief Minister of OrissaMr.Naveen Patnaik,the Current Chief Minister of Orissa was born 16 October 1946 in Cuttack to the former Chief Minister of Orissa,the legendary Biju Patnaik and Gyan Patnaik.He studied in the Welham Boy's School and the Doon School at Dehradun.Having obtained the Bachelors Degree in Arts from the Delhi University, he shifted bases to the USA from where he pursued a career in Writing.He has authored three books: A Second Paradise: Indian Country Life 1590-1947, A Desert Kingdom: The people of Bikaner and the Garden of Life: An introduction to the Healing Plants of India, each one published in India, England and U.S.

 However after the demise of Biju Patnaik,he joined politics in 1996 as the leader of Janta Dal and was elected as a member to the 11th Lok Sabha in the by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency in Orissa, India from the Janata Dal . 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 Naveen founded the Biju Janta Dal which in alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) performed well in the forthcoming elections in Orissa and Naveen Patnaik was made the Union Minister for Mines. However, as the BJD won majority of seats in alliance with the BJP in Orissa Assembly elections, Naveen Patnaik resigned from the Union cabinet and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Orissa in 2000.Ever Since he has successfully led his party to three successive electoral victories in Orissa and has remained the Chief Minister of the state. Naveen Patnaik is widely projected as pro-poor as well as a "clean" and an "honest" person who did not hesitate to sack many political heavyweights on charges of corruption.