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Pyarimohan Mohapatra (25 January 1940 – 19 March 2017) was a politician from the Odisha Jana Morcha as a member of the Parliament of India representing Odisha in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was the political advisor of Naveen Patnaik. He started his career as an IAS officer and was principal secretary to Biju Patnaik. He was considered as the mastermind and the proxy leader of the Biju Janata Dal.

Pyarimohan Mohapatra
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MP of Rajya Sabha for Odisha
In office
2 July 2004 – 1 July 2016
Constituency Odisha
Personal details
Born (1940-01-25)25 January 1940
Talcher, Angul district, Odisha
Died 19 March 2017(2017-03-19) (aged 77)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Political party OJM; Independent in Rajya Sabha
Other political
Biju Janata Dal
Spouse(s) Pratibha Mohapatra
Children 2 sons and 2 daughters
Residence Bhubaneswar
As of November 22, 2010
Source: [1]

He was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal, following an alleged coup attempt against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in June 2012, while the chief minister was in London.[1] 1 BJD MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, resigned as the party’s parliamentary group leader in Rajya Sabha on 4 August 2012.[2] He attributed his resignation to absence of communication between him and BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.He founded OJM(Odisha Jana Morcha) as a rebel party and fought in the 2014 state elections without much success. After spending 8 months at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai in a critical condition, the "Chanakya of Odisha politics" died on 19 March 2017.[3]


  1. ^ "Coup stage managed?". 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. suspended two MLAs and also Pyari (Rajya Sabha MP) from the party 
  2. ^ "Pyari Mohan Mohapatra resigns from Rajya Sabha as BJD leader Saturday". 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. Pyarimohan Mohapatra quit as the BJD’s leader in Rajya Sabha on Saturday 
  3. ^ "Pyari Mohan Mohapatra resigns as BJD Rajya Sabha leader". 4 August 2012. 

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