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“Pillar of Odisha politics,” says Modi condoling JB’s death

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New Delhi, April 21:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, saying he would be remembered as a “pillar of Odisha politics”.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivering his address at the reception hosted by US-India Business Council, in Washington DC on September 30, 2014.Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday at 3 a.m.

“Shri JB Patnaik’s contribution to Odisha’s development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family,” Modi said in a statement.

“Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people’s views and aspirations,” he added. (IANS)