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Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
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Governor of Assam
In office
11 December 2009 – 10 December 2014
Preceded by Syed Sibtey Razi
Succeeded by Padmanabha Acharya
Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
9 June 1980 – 7 December 1989
Preceded by Nilamani Routray
Succeeded by Hemananda Biswal
In office
15 March 1995 – 17 February 1999
Preceded by Biju Patnaik
Succeeded by Giridhar Gamang
Personal details
Born (1927-01-03)3 January 1927
Rameshwar, Puri district
Died 21 April 2015(2015-04-21) (aged 88)
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Jayanti Patnaik
Alma mater Utkal University,
Banaras Hindu University

Janaki Ballabh Patnaik; (3 January 1927 – 21 April 2015) was an Indian politician who has been Governor of Assam since 2009. 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 contribution to the transportation and tourism of Odisha.

Patnaik was born in Rameshwar, Puri district, Odisha to a Hindu family. He married to Jayanti Patnaik from 1953 until his death. They had a son and two daughters.

Patnaik died from a heart attack on 21 April 2015 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. He was 88. 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-Oriya scholar.

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