Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik.JPG
Governor of Assam
In office
11 December 2009 – 10 December 2014
Chief MinisterTarun Gogoi
Preceded bySyed Sibtey Razi
Succeeded byPadmanabha Acharya
11th Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
15 March 1995 – 17 February 1999
Preceded byBiju Patnaik
Succeeded byGiridhar Gamang
In office
9 June 1980 – 7 December 1989
Preceded byNilamani Routray
Succeeded byHemananda Biswal
Personal details
Born(1927-01-03)3 January 1927
Rameshwar, Orissa, British India
Died21 April 2015(2015-04-21) (aged 88)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseJayanti Patnaik
Alma materUtkal University,
Banaras Hindu University
WebsiteOfficial Website

Janaki Ballabh Patnaik; (3 January 1927 – 21 April 2015) was an Indian politician who had been Governor of Assam from 2009 to 2014.[1] A leader of the Indian National Congress, he was Chief Minister of Odisha from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999, holding that post for the longest time on record before Naveen Patnaik.

After the completion of his early education at Khurda High School, he passed his B.A. degree in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and passed his M.A. degree in political science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949. In 1950, he became the President of the Odisha state unit of the youth wing of the Congress. In 1980, he became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour. The construction of New Jagannath Sadak (Chandanpur of Puri district to Sarankul of Nayagarh district) is one of his major contributions to the transportation and tourism of Odisha.


He was involved in the Anjana Mishra rape case.[2][3]


Janaki Patnaik's statue in JB Patnaik memorial park, Khordha.
Janaki Patnaik's statue in JB Patnaik memorial park, Khordha.

He died on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, aged 88 at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. On Monday, 20 April 2015, he had gone to attend the convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, of which he was chancellor, and also visited the Lord Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala.[4][5][1] Later in the night, he complained of severe chest pain and was subsequently shifted to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) where he died at around 3:00 am. on 21 April. He leaves behind a legacy of having translated the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita into his mother tongue, as he was a Sanskrit-Odia scholar.[6]


  1. ^ a b "PM Modi condoles the Death of former Orissa CM Janaki Ballabh Patnaik". news.biharprabha.com. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ "My story BY ANJANA MISHRA". The Week. 7 February 1999.
  3. ^ Nilanjana Bhaduri Jha (18 August 2006). "System insensitive, says rape victim". Times of India.
  4. ^ Former Odisha CM J B Patnaik passes away at 89
  5. ^ Janaki Ballabh Patnaik cremated in Puri
  6. ^ "Former Assam Governor J.B. Patnaik passes away". myinfoindia. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
Government offices Preceded bySyed Sibtey Razi Governor of Assam 2009-2014 Succeeded byPadmanabha Acharya Preceded byNilamani Routray(1st term)Biju Pattanaik(3rd term) Chief Minister of Odisha 9 June 1980 to 7 December 1989 (1st & 2nd term) 15 March 1995 to 17 February 1999 (3rd term) Succeeded byHemananda Biswal(2nd term)Giridhar Gamang(3rd term)