Balasore: Former Balasore MP and ex-Bhograi MLA Kartikeswar Patra passed away last night. He was 79.
According to reports, Patra was suffering from fever and had tested positive for COVID-19. He complained of severe illness last evening and was being shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar in an ambulance.
However, he breathed his last around 11.40 PM near Panikoili.
He had successfully contested the 1991 Lok Sabha polls from Balasore constituency as a Congress candidate. He was also elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Bhograi seat thrice (1971,1974 and 1980).
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the demise of the veteran politician.
ବାଲେଶ୍ଵରର ପୂର୍ବତନ ସାଂସଦ, ଭୋଗରାଇର ପୂର୍ବତନ ବିଧାୟକ ତଥା ସୁଲେଖକ ଡ. କାର୍ତ୍ତିକେଶ୍ୱର ପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଏପରି ଦୁଃଖଦ ସମୟରେ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହ ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରୁଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 6, 2020