Former Odisha Speaker Maheswar Mohanty Passes Away

Former Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, Maheswar Mohanty, passed away at a private hospital on Tuesday morning at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife Bishnupriya and two sons. A five-time legislator from Puri, Mohanty had been under treatment at the hospital for a week after falling ill on October 31st. Mohanty, a lawyer by profession, completed his law degree from Utkal University and a master’s in political science from Banaras Hindu University. He served as the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly from 2004 to 2008. Born on February 26th, 1956, he entered the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 1995, winning the Puri seat on a Janata Dal ticket. Later, he joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and was reelected from the seat four times, eventually losing to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jayanta Sarangi in 2019. Mohanty was associated with numerous non-political organizations as an ex-officio member and president and also served as the chairman of Puri Municipality. Despite surviving two attempts on his life by rivals, he had endured serious injuries. Condolences have poured in from various quarters following the demise of Maheswar Mohanty. Odisha Governor Raghubar Das, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of the departed leader. In a statement, Chief Minister Patnaik said, “I’m saddened to learn of the death of senior BJD leader Maheswar Mohanty. He was a popular leader and a strong organizer. His contribution to the development of Odisha will always be remembered. His role as the Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly and a minister in the state council of ministers is equally excellent.”

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