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Giridhar Gamang
ଗିରିଧର ଗମାଙ୍ଗ
Giridhar Gamang in 1999
13th Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
17 February 1999 – 6 December 1999
Preceded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Succeeded byHemananda Biswal
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byHema Gamang
Succeeded byJayaram Pangi
In office
Preceded byBhagirathi Gamang
Succeeded byHema Gamang
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-04-08) 8 April 1943 (age 80)
Dibirisingi, Orissa, British India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Other political
Bharat Rashtra Samithi
Bharatiya Janata Party[1]
SpouseHema Gamang
ChildrenShishir Gamang Shaurya Gamang
Residence(s)Rayagada, Odisha
As of 22 June, 2013
Source: [1]

Giridhar Gamang (born 8 April 1943) is an Indian politician & leader of the Indian National Congress and former leader of Bharatiya Janata Party[2] and a former Chief Minister of Odisha. He has resigned BJP in 2023. He was born at Dibirisingi village in Rayagada district of Odisha. In 1972, he was elected for the first time to the 5th Lok Sabha from Koraput. Subsequently, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998 and 2004. He was the Chief Minister of Odisha from 17 February 1999 to 6 December 1999.[3][4]

His wife, Hema Gamang, won from Koraput constituency in the 1999 elections to the 13th Lok Sabha, while he was serving as the Chief Minister of Odisha.

In 1998, while he was a member of the 12th parliament, he was asked to become Chief minister of Odisha. Two months later, there was a vote-of-confidence against the BJP government and Giridhar still went to the parliament to vote against the government as he was from congress (despite the fact that he had to quit either being CM or the MP office and become MLA, within six months). The government lost power by one vote (269–270) and it is widely believed that if Giridhar had abstained, the speaker, G. M. C. Balayogi would have used his vote to save the government in case of tie. The fall of government resulted in another fresh general election in May 1999.[5]

He lost the Koraput Lok Sabha seat for the first time in the 2009 elections to Jayaram Pangi of the Biju Janata Dal.

In January 2023, he quit Bharatiya Janata Party to join Bharat Rashtra Samithi.[6]


  1. ^ The Hindu (12 June 2015). "Former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang joins BJP". Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  2. ^ "BJP to Hold Surveys Across UP Before Finalising CM Face". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Veteran Congress leader Giridhar Gamang quits party". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang quits Congress - The Economic Times". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ Barik, Satyasundar (30 May 2015). "Former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang resigns from Congress". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ "KCR plans get an Odisha boost; gets tribal leader Giridhar Gamang and son, others on way". The Indian Express. 26 January 2023. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
Preceded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha 17 February 1999 – 6 December 1999 Succeeded byHemananda Biswal