Bhubaneswar,21/04 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the sad demise of Former Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik. In his condolence message Chief Minister Patnaik said “I am deeply distressed at the sad demise of former Chief Minister, veteran politician and great literary figure Janaki Ballabh Patnaik. It is really very disheartening and a huge loss to the State. He was a great figure in Odisha Politics known for his political acumen and administrative ability, who withstood the test of time in Politics. He had profound knowledge in a range of subjects in Art, Culture, Tradition and Literature. He himself was an erudite scholar as well as an acclaimed journalist. As Union Minister and Chief Minister for a long time, J.B. Patnaik immensely contributed to the development of the State. As the leader of opposition in Odisha Assembly he contributed immensely to the legislative process and was always constructive. During his tenure as Governor of Assam, he played a key role in strengthening cultural ties between Odisha and Assam. He was an institution in himself. What is more significant that he remained relevant in public life till his last breath. J.B. Patnaik will be remembered as a multi-faceted personality that influenced the socio cultural and political life of Odisha for a long period. His death marks the end of an era in Odisha Politics”. I extend my deep condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace, he added.