Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha minister and five-time Champua MLA Saharai Oram passed away at his residence in Barbil, Keonjhar district today. He was 90.
Oram was suffering from paralysis and bedridden for the last five years, family sources said. Political leaders cutting across party lines condoled the demise of Oram.
He was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Champua constituency in 1971 as Utkal Congress candidate, in 1977 as Janata Party candidate, 1980 as Janata-S candidate, 1990 as Janata Dal candidate and in 2000 as an independent candidate.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Oram and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.
ବରିଷ୍ଠ ରାଜନେତା ତଥା ପୂର୍ବତନ ମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ସହରାଇ ଓରାମଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଚମ୍ପୁଆ ଆସନରୁ ୫ଥର ବିଧାୟକ ଏବଂ ବିଜୁବାବୁଙ୍କ ସରକାରରେ ମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ଭାବେ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ସେବା ପାଇଁ ସେ କରିଥିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 17, 2020