Naveen Patnaik (born October 16, 1946) is 14th and current Chief Minister of Odisha, a state in eastern India. The founding chief of the Biju Janata Dal political party, he is also a writer and has published three books. He is well known and famous for his honest, clean and credible image. His attempts to bring in transparency in the system and his massive drive against corruption in high places, including his own party BJD, has given him the epithet of "Mr Clean" and voted as most popular chief minister.
He is a writer and had for most part of his youth been away from both politics and Odisha, but after his father Biju Patnaik's demise, he entered politics in 1997 and a year later founded the Biju Janata Dal named after Biju Patnaik. After the death of his father Biju Patnaik, leader of the Janata Dal, he was elected as a member to the 11th Lok Sabha in the by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency in Odisha. However, as the BJD won the majority of seats in alliance with the BJP in the Odisha Assembly elections, Patnaik resigned from the Union cabinet and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha in 2000.