Naveen Patnaik Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Family, Caste, Biography & More

Last Updated on August 8, 2021

Naveen Patnaik (born 16 October 1946) is an Indian politician serving as the current and 14thChief Minister of Odisha. He is also the president of the Biju Janata Dal, a writer and has authored three books. He is the longest-serving chief minister of Odisha and as of 2021, one of the longest-serving chief ministers of any Indian state, holding the post for over two decades, and only the third Indian chief Minister after Pawan Chamling and Jyoti Basu to win five consecutive terms as Chief Minister of an Indian state.

14th Chief Minister of Odisha
Assumed office
5 March 2000
GovernorM. M. Rajendran
Rameshwar Thakur
Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare
S. C. Jamir
Satya Pal Malik
Ganeshi Lal
Preceded byHemananda Biswal
Minister of Steel and Mines
In office
19 March 1998 – 4 March 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byBirendra Prasad Baishya
Succeeded bySunder Lal Patwa
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
12 April 1997 – 4 March 2000
Preceded byBiju Patnaik
Succeeded byKumudini Patnaik
Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
5 March 2000
Preceded byUdayanath Nayak
President of Biju Janata Dal
Assumed office
26 December 1997
Preceded byposition established
Personal details
Born16 October 1946 (age 74)
Cuttack, Orissa, British India
(present-day Odisha, India)
Political partyBiju Janata Dal
Other political
Janata Dal (until 1998)
ParentsBiju Patnaik
Gyan Patnaik
ResidenceNaveen Nivas,
Aerodrome Road, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Alma materKirori Mal College (BA)
ProfessionPolitician, writer
WebsiteNaveen Patnaik
BJD Official
Chief Minister of Odisha


Patnaik was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack to Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, and his Punjabi wife, in a karan kayastha family,Gyan. He was educated at the Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun, and later The Doon School  After that he attended Delhi University, and he qualified for Bachelor of Arts degree. Patnaik is a writer and had for the 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 five consecutive terms. Like his father, he has managed to control the bureaucracy and transformed it into a machine for the development of the state  His spartan personal lifestyle and detachment from material possessions has been liked by the people of the state. He is also one of the founding members of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. His elder sister is the well known writer Gita Mehta

Political career

CM Naveen Patnaik meeting the 14th Dalai Lama.Naveen at the Opening Ceremony Hockey World Cup 2018

After the death of his father Biju Patnaik, leader of the Janata Dal, he was elected as a member to the 11th Lok Sabha in the by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency in Odisha, India. 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 Patnaik founded the Biju Janta Dal which in alliance with the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) performed well and Patnaik was selected the Union Minister for Mines in the cabinet of A. B. Vajpayee.

Electoral history

YearOfficeConstituencyPartyVotes for Naveen%OpponentPartyVotes%Ref
2000Member of the Legislative AssemblyHinjiliBiju Janata Dal56,24365.35Udayanath NayakIndian National Congress29,82634.65
200462,96872.71Udayanath Nayak20,32623.47
200972,94276.04Raghabo Parida11,66912.17
201489,26773.14Sibaram Patra12,68110.39
201994,06566.32Pitambar AcharyaBharatiya Janata Party33,90523.91
2019Bijepur1,900,60480.78Sanat Kumar Gartia4820.91

Elections 2000

In the 2000 Assembly election, BJD won the majority of seats in alliance with the BJP in the Odisha Assembly elections, Patnaik resigned from the Union cabinet and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha.

Elections 2004

BJP led NDA lost the general elections in 2004, however, the coalition led by Naveen Patnaik emerged victorious in the state legislative elections and he continued as the Chief Minister. During this tenure, the friction between the ruling partners was getting more and more apparent, especially after the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in the Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2007–2008 and also the active participation of Bajrang Dal in the riots that hit Kandhamal region.

Elections 2009

In the run-up to the polls for the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly of Odisha elections in 2009, BJD walked out of the NDA after severing ties with the BJP and joined the nascent Third Front constituted mainly by the Left Front and few regional parties. He did it after severely criticizing BJP’s involvement in Kandhamal anti-Christian riots during 2007. The BJD won a resounding victory in both the Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly) as well as the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, winning 14 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats and 103 of the 147 assembly seats and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha on 21 May 2009 for the third consecutive term.

Elections 2014

Patnaik won a huge victory in both the 2014 Indian general elections and the Legislative Assembly of Odisha elections in 2014. Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal secured 20 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats of Odisha and 117 of the 147 Odisha Vidhan Sabha seats.

Elections 2019

With a strong BJP wave across the country, the Biju Janata Dal, under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik won as many as 112 seats out of 146 (polls for 1 was deferred) in the Legislative Assembly of Odisha and 12 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in 2019 Indian general elections


Patnaik spent most of his early days away from Odisha, so he has problems with writing and speaking fluently in Odia language. He is the only chief minister of India who does not speak fluently the regional language of his state and because of this, he has been facing severe criticism from his opponents. Presently, Patnaik has an adequate working knowledge of Odia and he possesses great mastery over Hindi, French, Punjabi, and English. At rallies, he delivers Odia speeches written in Roman alphabet.


Naveen Patnaik receiving Outlook Speakout award for best administrator from former President of India Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Arun Jaitley

Hero to Animals Award2020People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsOdisha, India
CSI E-Ratna Award2020Computer Society of India53rd CSI Annual Convention
FIH President’s Award2018International Hockey Federation46th FIH Congress
Ideal Chief Minister2018Pratibha Patil8th Indian Students’ Parliament
Best Administrator in India2017Pranab MukherjeeOutlook India Speak Out Awards 2017
United Nations Award2013 United NationsOdisha State Secretariat


  • The United Nations in 2013, felicitated Naveen by presenting a citation for his government’s handling of Cyclone Phailin which hit Odisha in October 2013. The body also announced that the state’s efforts would be highlighted as a model for disaster management programs globally. Naveen was also invited by the international body to attend the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which was held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.
  • The United Nations in 2019, complimented Naveen for his government’s proposal of reserving 33% of seats for women in the National Parliament as well as in the state’s Legislative Assembly.


  • A Second Paradise: Indian Courtly Life 1590–1947 – Published in India, England and US
  • A Desert Kingdom: The People of Bikaner – Published in India, England and US
  • The Garden of Life: An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India – Published in India, England and US
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