Naveen Patnaik (Politician) Wiki, Age, Biography, Wife, Family, Lifestyle, Hobbies, & More…

Naveen Patnaik (Politician) Wiki, Age, Biography, Wife, Family, Lifestyle, Hobbies, & More…

Who is Naveen Patnaik?

Naveen Patnaik an Indian statesman, politician and writer serving as the current and 15th Chief Minister of Odisha representing the Hinjili Assembly constituency since 2000. He is the longest-serving chief minister of Odisha and as of 2024, the 2nd longest-serving chief minister of any Indian state, holding the post for over two decades, and only the second Indian chief Minister after Pawan Chamling to win five consecutive terms as Chief Minister of an Indian state. He is the first president of the Biju Janata Dal since 1997. He served as the Union Minister of Steel and Mines from 1998 to 2000 and a member of the Lok Sabha from Aska from 1997 to 2000.


Full NameNaveen Patnaik
ProfessionPolitician, Writer
Date of Birth16 October 1946
Place of BirthCuttack
Age (as of 2024)77
FatherBiju Patnaik
MotherGyan Patnaik
EducationBachelor’s of Arts
Alma Mater Kirori Mal College, Delhi University
Known forChief Minister of Odisha.
Hair ColourWhite
Eye ColourBlack
Zodiac SignN/A

Early life

Naveen was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack to Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, and his wife Gyan Patnaik. Lovingly called as ‘Pappu’ in his family and among his childhood friends.


After the demise of his father Biju Patnaik, leader of the Janata Dal, Naveen Patnaik contested Lok Sabha by-polls from Aska Parliamentary Constituency in Odisha. 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 in the 11th Lok Sabha. A year later, the Janata Dal split and he founded the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on his father’s name. BJD later in alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) performed well in electoral poll and Patnaik became the Union Minister for Mines in the cabinet of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 2000 Assembly election, BJD won the majority of seats in alliance with the BJP in the Odisha Assembly elections. Naveen resigned from the Union cabinet portfolio and unanimously elected as the leader of the alliance and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha. 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 differences between the ruling partners became more and more apparent which led to parting ways. 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 criticising 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. 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. Despite 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 Election.

Family and Affairs



Outlook Speak out Best Administrator award received from former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. Ideal Chief Minister award from former President Smt. Pratibha Patil at Indian Student Parliament, Pune. Felicitated by the United Nations (UN) for an effort to evacuate nearly a million people ahead of tropical storm, Cyclone Phailin, that made a landfall on coastal Odisha in October 2013.Ranked the Most Popular Chief Minister of India by India Today-ORG-Marg Mood of the Nation Poll. Naveen ranked the Second Best Performing Chief Minister by NDTV Opinion Poll.


Net WorthN/A
Salary / IncomeN/A

Trivia & Fact

  • Before becoming politician, Naveen Patnaik was a writer.
  • He is also one of the founding members of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
  • Patnaik is the author of A Second Paradise: Indian Courtly Life 1590–1947 (1985), A Desert Kingdom: The Rajputs of Bikaner (1990), and The Garden of Life: An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India (1993).

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