Naveen Patnaik, the longest serving CM of Odisha

Naveen PatnaikCM Naveen Patnaik greetings people of Odisha after winning 2019 election
He inaugurated 148 transformed high schools in 5 districts in Odisha

Odisha: Politics is not just a game, it’s a mind game.  On 5 march, 2000, Odisha got the new face of politics, named Naveen Patnaik who is an Indian Politician serving as the current and 14th Chief Minister of Odisha. 

Recently he is in the news as he inaugurated 148 Transformed Government High Schools in Odisha under the 5T School Transformation Program. 5T is Technology, transformation, Transparency and time, team work. His decision to make students technology friendly and make them confident is a  great decision to develop education in Odisha.  In addition, he supports sports and organises Hockey World Cup in the state.

Achievements

 He is the longest serving Chief Minister of Odisha, completed 20 years in power and being the third Chief Minister after Pawan Chamling and Jyoti Basu to win five consecutive terms as Chief Minister of an Indian State.

The Niti Aayog’s National Multidimensional Poverty Index(MPI), 2021 reported  that Odisha comes under top 10 states with a significant share of population living under poverty.  Hence Opposition parties slammed him for this poverty report. Also he has been criticized for his lack of knowledge in Odia language, farmers suicide, not taking any strong action on Pipili rape case and not taking decisions by his own and listening advice from an IAS officer VK Pandiyan so on.  Even after 20 years, he is not able to speak Odia properly. Still, his depth of knowledge in politics sideways all the criticisms.

Often Odisha is known as backward State. Since 2000-2021, CM has launched numerous schemes for people of Odisha for example, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojna (BSKY) Smart Health Card, Kalia Yojna for small and marginal farmers, Rs 1 per KG rice scheme and so on. Despite launching  numerous schemes and  welfare programs in Odisha, the BJD Government is not able to reduce poverty. However, Biju Janata Dal’s schemes are beneficial for the poor people of Odisha such as in Malkangiri malnutrition among children has been overcome. Moreover, the Odisha Government got Krishi Karman Puraskar for the fifth time in 2016-17 from the Centre.  

Challenges

Another important obstacle he had faced was: when his friend Pyarimohan Mohapatra betrayed him.  Earlier, It was said that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is winning in Odisha because of the face of Naveen Patnaik and the mind of Pyarimohan Mohapatra. However, his friend Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, IAS officer, tried to remove him from power but he was not successful. Naveen knew about it and removed Pyarimohan Mohapatra from the party.  Again he proved that his political career was not created by his friend Pyarimohan Mohapatra. He also removed one of his good friends MP Baijayant Panda for anti party movement.  Even after  all of these challenging incidents, he never looked back and has been winning state assembly elections continuously.

An Important turning point of his political career is the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) – BJD coalition break.  After the murder of Swami Lakshmanananda Sarswati in 2008, BJD broke coalition with the BJP. In 2009, BJD-BJP coalition broke out and BJD Supremo Naveen says he believes in Secularism and the BJD party will maintain strong distance from both the BJP and Congress Party.

Naveen Patnaik, 75-years-old, born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack, Orissa. He is not only a reluctant politician but also a writer who loves to write and has authored three books such as The Garden of Life, A second Paradise ; Indian courtly life, 1590, Desert kingdom: The Rajputs of Bikaner

He completed his graduation in the University of Delhi in 1967 and became a writer.  For a long time he was staying in America and had no connection with politics.  He is the son of a revolutionary and the  former Chief minister of Odisha , Biju Patnaik. Despite being from a political family, he was not interested in politics. In 1997, Biju Patnaik died and thereafter circumstances forced him to join politics. In 1997 Biju Janata Dal formed after the separation from the Janata Dal. 

He has strongly been able to retain his position as BJD Supremo and has been defending opposition for 20 years. The person who was earlier not interested in politics is now known as the tremendous political leader of India.