Naveen Patnaik is the Chief Minister of Orissa, India. He is the son of the late Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Orissa. His sister Gita Mehta is a renowned author and is the wife of Sonny Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf, New York. He started out at Welham Boys\ School in Dehradun when he was seven years old and later continued at the The Doon School, Dehradun until he completed a Senior Cambridge Certificate at 17 years. He attended Delhi University where he obtained his Bachelor\s Degree in Arts. He returned from the U.S. upon the death of his father Biju Patnaik and was elected as Member of the 11th Lok Sabha in by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency. He was a member of the Consultative Committee of Ministry of Steel & Mines, Member of Standing Committee on Commerce, and Member Library Committee of Parliament. In 1998 he formed the Biju Janata Dal
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