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List of Chief Ministers in Odisha

Odisha Chief Ministers

Odisha an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara. The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake. The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and the environment.

Area: 155,820 km²

Founded: 1 April 1936

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Population: 43.73 million (2014)

Colleges and Universities: Biju Patnaik University of Technology

Chief Ministers List

Sl.No. Name of Chief Ministers From To Party
1 Harekrushna Mahatab Apr 23, 1946 , May 12, 1950 INC
2 Nabakrushna Choudhury May 12, 1950 Feb 20, 1952 INC
3 Nabakrushna Choudhury Feb 20, 1952 Oct 19, 1956 INC
4 Harekrushna Mahatab Oct 19, 1956 Apr 6, 1957 INC
5 Harekrushna Mahatab Apr 6, 1957 May 22, 1959 INC
6 Harekrushna Mahatab May 22, 1959 Feb 25, 1961 INC
  (President’s rule) Feb 25, 1961 Jun 23, 1961 N/A
7 Biju Patnaik Jun 23, 1961 Oct 2, 1963 INC
8 Biren Mitra Oct 2, 1963 Feb 21, 1965 INC
9 Sadashiva Tripathy Feb 21, 1965 Mar 8, 1967 INC
10 Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo Mar 8, 1967 Jan 9, 1971 SWA
  (President’s rule) Jan 11, 1971 Apr 3, 1971 N/A
11 Biswanath Das Apr 3, 1971 Jun 14, 1972 Independent
12 Nandini Satpathy Jun 14, 1972 Mar 3, 1973 INC
  (President’s rule) Mar 3, 1973 Mar 6, 1974 N/A
13 Nandini Satpathy Mar 6, 1974 Dec 16, 1976 INC
  (President’s rule) Dec 16, 1976 Dec 29, 1976 N/A
14 Binayak Acharya Dec 29, 1976 Apr 30, 1977 INC
  (President’s rule) Apr 30, 1977 Jun 26, 1977 N/A
15 Nilamani Routray Jun 26, 1977 Feb 17, 1980 JNP
  (President’s rule) Feb 17, 1980 Jun 9, 1980 N/A
16 Janaki Ballabh Patnaik Jun 9, 1980 Mar 10, 1985 INC
  Janaki Ballabh Patnaik Mar 10, 1985 Dec 7, 1989 INC
17 Hemananda Biswal Dec 7, 1989 Mar 5, 1990 INC
18 Biju Patnaik Mar 5, 1990 Mar 15, 1995 JD
19 Janaki Ballabh Patnaik Mar 15, 1995 Feb 17, 1999 INC
20 Giridhar Gamang Feb 17, 1999 Dec 6, 1999 INC
21 Hemananda Biswal Dec 6, 1999 Mar 5, 2000 INC
22 Naveen Patnaik Mar 5, 2000 May 16, 2009 BJD
23 Naveen Patnaik May 16, 2004 May 21, 2009 BJD
24 Naveen Patnaik May 21, 2009 May 21, 2014 BJD
25 Naveen Patnaik May 21, 2014 Present BJD


Harekrushna Mahatab

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Harekrushna Mahatab was a leader of the Indian National Congress, a notable figure in the Indian independence movement and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1946 to 1950 and again from 1956 to 1961.

Born: 21 November 1899, Bhadrak district

Died: 2 January 1987, Bhubaneswar

Education: Ravenshaw College

Child: Bhartruhari Mahtab

Political party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Nabakrushna Choudhuri


Nabakrushna Choudhuri

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Nabakrushna Choudhuri was an Indian politician and activist. He served as Chief Minister of the Indian state of Odisha. He dwelt from a landlord family of Kherasa village of Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha.

Born: 23 November 1901, Jagatsinghpur district

Died: 24 June 1984, Dhenkanal

Spouse: Malati Choudhury

Education: Ravenshaw College

Party: Indian National Congress


Biju Patnaik

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Bijayananda Patnaik, popularly known as Biju Patnaik was an Indian politician and Chief Minister of Odisha for two terms. Also revered by many in Odisha as Sher-e-Utkal.

Born: 5 March 1916, Cuttack

Died: 17 April 1997, New Delhi

Spouse: Gyan Patnaik (m. 1939–1997)

Education: Ravenshaw College, Ravenshaw University

Other political affiliations: Janata Party (1977–1989)

Parents: Lakshminarayan Patnaik, Ashalata Patnaik


Biren Mitra

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Biren Mitra was an Indian politician, a leader of the Indian National Congress and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 2 October 1963 to 21 February 1965. He is the only Bengali, who became the Chief Minister of Odisha.

Born: 26 November 1917

Died: 25 May 1978

Party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Sadashiva Tripathy


Sadashiva Tripathy

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Sadashiva Tripathy was an Indian politician, a leader of the Indian National Congress political party and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 21 February 1965 to 8 March 1967.

Born: 21 April 1910

Died: 9 September 1980, Cuttack

Party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo

Constituency: Umerkote


Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo

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Maharaja Sir Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo KCIE was an Indian politician and the last ruler of the princely state of Patna in Odisha before Indian independence in 1947.

Born: 31 March 1912, Balangir

Died: 23 February 1975, Mumbai

Party: Swatantra Party

Children: Ananga Udaya Singh Deo

Education: St. Columba’s College, Hazaribagh, Mayo College

Grandchild: Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo


Biswanath Das

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Biswanath Das was an Indian politician. He was the Prime Minister of Odisha Province of British India 1937–39, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh 1962–67 and later the Chief Minister of Odisha 1971–72.

Born: 8 March 1889, Ganjam district

Died: 2 June 1984, Cuttack

Succeeded by: Nandini Satpathy

Education: Ravenshaw College, Ravenshaw University, University of Calcutta

Nandini Satpathy

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Nandini Satpathy was an Indian politician and author. She was the Chief Minister of Odisha from June 1972 to December 1976.

Born: 9 June 1931, Cuttack

Died: 4 August 2006, Bhubaneswar

Parents: Kalindi Charan Panigrahi

Party: Indian National Congress

Books: Uttara purusha

Children: Tathagata Satpathy, Nachiketa Satpathy


Binayak Acharya

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Binayak Acharya was an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Odisha of Odisha from 29 December 1976 to 30 April 1977.

Born: 30 August 1918, Odisha

Died: 11 December 1983

Party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Nilamani Routray

Constituency: Berhampur


Nilamani Routray

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Nilamani Routray was an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1977 to 1980. He served as the Health and Family Welfare Minister and then Forest and Environment Minister in the Union Government led by V.P. Singh.

Born: 24 May 1920, Balasore district

Died: 4 October 2004, Cuttack

Political party: Janata Party

Succeeded by: Janaki Ballabh Patnaik

Children: Bijayshree Routray

Appointed by: V. P. Singh


Janaki Ballabh Patnaik

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Janaki Ballabh Patnaik 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.

Born: 3 January 1927, Puri district

Died: 21 April 2015, Tirupati

Spouse: Jayanti Patnaik (m. 1953–2015)

Party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Padmanabha Acharya

Education: Utkal University, Banaras Hindu University


Hemananda Biswal

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Hemananda Biswal is a leader of the Indian National Congress, and a former Chief Minister of Odisha, who was in office from 7 December 1989 to 5 March 1990 and again from 6 December 1999 to 5 March.

Born: 1 December 1939 (age 77), Odisha

Party: Indian National Congress

Succeeded by: Jual Oram

Constituency: Sundargarh


Giridhar Gamang

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Giridhar Gamang is a leader of the BJP and a former Chief Minister of Odisha. 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.

Born: 8 April 1943 (age 73), Rayagada

Spouse: Hema Gamang

Political party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Residence: Rayagada

Succeeded by: Hemananda Biswal

Constituency: Laxmipur

Children: Sishir Gamang


Naveen Patnaik

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Naveen Patnaik is 14th and current Chief Minister of Odisha. The supremo of the Biju Janata Dal, is also a writer and has published four books.

Born: 16 October 1946 (age 70), Cuttack

Party: Biju Janata Dal

Parents: Biju Patnaik

Education: The Doon School, Welham Boys’ School, University of Delhi, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Kirori Mal College

Siblings: Gita Mehta, Prem Patnaik

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