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Naveen Patnaik

topics Updated: May 24, 2016 16:48 IST

Chief of the Biju Janata Dal, Naveen Patnaik is the 14th and the serving chief minister of Odisha. Born on October 16, 1946 in Cuttack, he is the son of the late Biju Patnaik, a political icon in the state and a former CM. In 1997, Naveen founded the BJD, which is a former ally of the NDA. He has authored three books and excelled in oil painting in school, according to a website (naveenpatnaik.com) dedicated to him. Naveen has a clean image and sacked many heavyweights on charges of corruption, the website says.