Expressing deep condolence, the Chief Minister said, "I am deeply distressed at the sad demise of former Chief Minister, veteran politician and great literary figure Janaki Ballav Patnaik."

Stating that it is a huge loss to the state, Naveen said JB Patnaik was a great figure in Odisha politics known for his political acumen and administrative ability, who withstood the test of time in politics.

While highlighting Patnaik's profound knowledge in range of subjects like art, culture, tradition and literature, Naveen added the veteran politician was a scholar as well as an acclaimed journalist.

As Union Minister and Chief Minister, J B Patnaik immensely contributed to the development of the state, Naveen quoted, adding that he contributed immensely to the legislature process as the Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly and was always constructive.

"During his tenure as the Governor of Assam, J B Patnaik played a key role in strengthening cultural ties between Odisha and Assam. He was an institution in himself.

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