"Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family. Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," the Prime Minister said.

"JB Patnaik's contribution to Odisha's development will always be remembered," he said. The former Odisha Chief Minister and ex-Assam Governor died in Tirupati early on Tuesday.

It is notable that JB Patnaik was known for his political acumen and skill in devising plans, JB Patnaik remained the focus of Odisha politics for over four decades.
Hailing from a humble background, Patnaik not only proved his abilities in politics by becoming a Union minister, three- time chief minister as well as Governor but also displayed his versatility by excelling in literature, journalism and culture. He was also a Sanskrit scholar.

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