Former Governor of Assam and Odisha Ex Chief Minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at a hospital early on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 following a cardiac arrest – a few hours after he offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala.
The 89 years old J B Patnaik passed away at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in the temple city.
Patnaik had arrived in Tirupati on Monday to participate in the convocation of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha and offered prayers at the temple into the late hours of the night.
J B Patnaik was born on January 03, 1927. He was appointed the governor of Assam in 2009 and served as Governer till 2014.
Patnaik became the Chief Minister of Odisha in 1980 and continued in the office till 1989. He returned to power in 1995 and remained the CM till 1999.
After completing his early education at Khurda High School, Patnaik obatined a BA in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and did an MA in political science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949.
The Vidyapeetha officials are making arrangements to airlift the body of late J B Patnaik to Odisha. The last rites would be performed in Puri.