Bhubaneswar:6/7/20: Former State minister & Tirtol MLA Bishnu Das passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday. He was 66.
A six-time MLA, Bishnu Das was elected to Odisha Assembly five times from Jagatsinghpur and once from Tirtol Assembly constituency. He also had a brief stint as a Rajya Sabha member in 2016. Das had resigned from Rajya Sabha after he was appointed as the deputy chairman of Planning Board. He was also the School and Mass Education Minister in Naveen Patnaik cabinet in 2006. Odisha Chief Minister and BJD Supremo, Naveen Patnaik, has expressed deep grief over the passing away of the former minister.
The Odisha CM said that Das was a popular politician, an able organiser, and an administrator. His contributions to Odisha as a Minister, Parliamentarian, and MLA will be remembered till eternity. His contribution to the development of Jagatsinghpur district is noteworthy.
He had dedicated his entire life to the upliftment of the Dalits and socially suppressed people in the society, the Odisha CM added.
“Everybody is saddened by the demise of Bishnu Das and it is a personal loss for me,” said senior BJD leader Raghunandan Das.
“Bishnu Das was elected to Odisha Assembly six times. It is certainly a great loss for BJD as he was a popular leader. His contribution for the development of Jagatsinghpur is immense,” said another senior BJD leader, Sanjay Das Burma.
Paradip MLA, Sambit Routray said, “It is a great loss as everybody loved Bishnu Das because he was a good organisational leader. During last elections, he had not campaigned much due to his illness.”
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP National VP Baijayant Panda also expressed grief and sorrow on the demise of senior leader, former minister and MLA from Tirtol, Bishnu Das