Pradeep Pattanayak

Odisha’s former Governor MM Rajendran passed away on Saturday. He was 88.

He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai. 

A 1957-batch IAS topper, MM Rajendran served Tamil Nadu as the Chief Secretary before being named as Governor of Odisha. He took over as Odisha Governor in 1999 soon after the Super Cyclone and continued till 2004. 

He was the Governor, who had administered the oath of office and secrecy to Naveen Patnaik in his first term as the Chief Minister of Odisha. 

The Chief Minister took to his X handle to mourn the demise of Rajendran. 

“Deeply saddened to know about the demise of Shri M.M. Rajendran, former Governor of #Odisha. His long years of experience as a career bureaucrat had made him carve a niche for himself as an Administrator. He will be always remembered for his dedication and service to the people. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace,” read his X post. 

In July this year, MM Rajendran presented a copy of his autobiography to President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.