Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Bijayshree Routray died at a non-public hospital in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, his household stated. Mr Routray, additionally a former minister within the state authorities, was 67. He’s survived by two sons and spouse.
Mr Routray was present process remedy for post-COVID problems on the hospital.
“My father’s blood strain fell abnormally this morning and it couldn’t be maintained,” stated his son Bishnubrata Routray, an MLA.
Mr Routray was elected to the state meeting six occasions from the Basudevpur seat — twice on the Janata Dal ticket and 4 occasions as a BJD candidate.
The son of former chief minister Nilamani Routray, he entered the meeting for the primary time in 1990. He has held a number of portfolios as a minister within the Naveen Patnaik authorities, together with Well being, Forest and Surroundings and Income.
Mr Routray determined to not contest the 2019 elections, and the celebration gave ticket to his son Bishnubrata.
After finishing MA in Geography, Mr Routray joined Ravenshaw Faculty as a lecturer. Nonetheless, he stop the job and joined politics in 1980.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described him as a extremely popular chief. He spoke to Mr Routray’s son and members of the family and conveyed his condolence.
Meeting Speaker SN Patro stated he and Mr Routray had been with Biju Patnaik since 1990. “He was one in every of my shut mates. I had final met him 20-25 days in the past and we had a protracted dialogue,” he stated.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan additionally condoled Mr Routray’s demise, whereas BJP nationwide vice-president Baijayant Panda expressed grief.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan stated, “I’m deeply saddened by the demise of (Mr) Routray. His demise has created a void in Odisha politics.”
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