Naveen Patnaik 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.
Naveen Patnaik was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack in a Karan family to Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, and his wife Gyan Patnaik. Patnaik was educated at Wehlams Boys School, Dehra Dun,St. Lawrence School, Shimla and The Doon Schoo. 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.