Tearful Adieu to JB Patnaik

Published: 23rd April 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-


BHUBANESWAR:People from all walks of life, including his supporters, leaders from Opposition parties, academics, journalists and students bade a tearful adieu to former chief minister J B Patnaik.

 The last rites of the Congress veteran were  performed at Swargadwar, Puri with full State honours on Wednesday. His son Prithvi Ballav lit the funeral pyre.

 Several dignitaries, including senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, B K Hariprasad, Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra, PCC president Prasad Harichandan, Niranjan Patnaik, Suresh Routray and  Pradip Majhi were present.

 The State Government was represented by ministers Debi Prasad Mishra and Pradip Maharathy and Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty.

 Earlier, JB’s body was taken out in a procession from his Forest Park residence here at 11 am. As scheduled, his body was taken to Congress Bhawan where the party workers and leaders from across the State paid their last respects.

 After a brief halt at the State Congress headquarters, the vehicle carrying his body  proceeded to Assembly where Speaker Niranjan Pujari, several BJD legislators, including Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, former minister S N Patro, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Government chief whip Anant Das, Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik and Purna Chandra Sethy paid homage.

 From Assembly, the body of the Congress leader was taken to his native village Rameswar near Khruda and later to Puri through the newly developed Jagannath Sadak, a brainchild of JB.

 Earlier, Ghulam Nabi Azad, B K Hariprasad and AICC member in-charge of Odisha Subhankar Sarkar visited JB’s house to pay their tributes.

 Azad met Jayanti Patnaik, wife of the departed leader, and handed over the condolence message of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.  Describing JB as an astute politician, a scholar and a great litterateur, Azad said his death is a great loss to the party.

End of Journey

end of.jpg end of1.jpg

end of2.jpg end of3.jpg


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp