Biju Patnaik: News

Bijayananda Patnaik was a pilot-turned-politician and a two-time Chief Minister of Odisha. Born in 1916 in Cuttack in pre-independent India, Patnaik studied aeronautics at the Aeronautical Training Institute of India and became a pilot. He took part in India's freedom struggle and was sentenced to prison for having participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. He utilized his position as a pilot to fly Ram Manohar Lohia from Delhi to Calcutta in 1945 when the latter was undercover. In World War II, as a pilot for the Royal Indian Air Force, Patnaik undertook flying missions for supplying aid to the Allied forces. In 1948, he took a risky flight to skillfully escort Indonesian freedom fighters to Delhi for a meeting with Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru and was awarded Indonesia's "Bhoomi Putra" honor for this act. Patnaik was a Member of the Odisha Assembly in the late 1940s and 1950s from Congress and in 1961 became the Chief Minister of the state. He was a Lok Sabha MP from Janata Party between 1977-85. He served his second term as Odisha's Chief Minister from 1990 to 1995. Patnaik passed away in 1997 at the age of 81. His son Naveen Patnaik is the CM of Odisha as of 2021.

05 Mar 2021


Odisha pays tribute to Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary

Odisha on Friday paid rich tribute to legendary leader Biju Patnaik as his five-time Chief Minister son Naveen Patnaik called upon people to keep alive the ideologies of "service and self-esteem" followed by the veteran politician all through his life.

27 Dec 2019


BJD not dependent on me: Naveen Patnaik sparks succession talks

He became Odisha's Chief Minister for a fifth consecutive term, made Biju Janata Dal (BJD) a formidable force in the coastal state, and now 74-year-old Naveen Patnaik has sparked conversations about his successor.

26 Jan 2019


Citing timing, Gita Mehta, Naveen Patnaik's sister, refuses Padma Shri

Author Gita Mehta, who is also the sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, refused the Padma Shri award, announced on Friday, saying the timing isn't right.

25 Feb 2018


President Kovind to inaugurate museum dedicated to Biju Patnaik

President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate a museum dedicated to former Odisha chief minister, Biju Patnaik next month.