Former Odisha CM JB Patnaik passes away
Former Odisha Chief Minister and ex-Assam Governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at a hospital on Tuesday, following a cardiac arrest, few hours after he offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala.
Patnaik, 89, passed away at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in the temple city.
Patnaik had arrived here yesterday to participate in the convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha and offered prayers at the temple late last night, temple official on special duty, Damodara, said.
Patnaik complained of chest pain at midnight and was immediately shifted to the hospital, Vengamma said, adding, he could not be saved.
The Odisha government has announced a holiday on Tuesday as a mark of respect to the departed leader.A weeklong state mourning was also declared.