Naveen Patnaik, the writer who turned into a politician was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack. He is the founder of the Biju Janata Dal. He is the son of Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha. He completed his education from Welham Boys' School in Dehradun, and later, The Doon School. Patnaik completed his graduation from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. After his father's demise, Patnaik decided to enter politics in 1997. In 1998, he founded the Biju Janata Dal and named after Biju Patnaik. He was elected as the Odisha Chief Minister for the first time in March 2000 and then in 2004, 2009 and 2014. He's held the position for four consecutive terms. The Biju Janata Dal secured 112 seats in the 147-member Odisha Assembly held along with Lok Sabha polls. He was sworn in as Odisha’s chief minister for the fifth consecutive term on May 29th 2019.
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