The current Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik was elected to the post for the fourth consecutive time in the legislative assembly elections of 2014. He is the son of Biju Patnaik, the former Chief Minister of Odisha. He formed the Biju Janata Dal, to which he belongs, in 1998 when the party broke off from the Janata dal. His popularity among the masses in Odisha rests upon the pro-poor political stance he has. Before joining politics he completed his
college education from University of Delhi and is also a writer with four books to his name. Having spent a large part of his life outside Odisha is not fluent in the vernacular language of the state and has come under a lot of critism from his political opponent because of this infirmity.