Veteran Odisha politician Arun Dey hospitalized

Balasore: Veteran politician and trade union leader Arun Dey was this evening admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after he complained of chest pain.

The former MLA from Balasore Sadar was rushed to district headquarters hospital (DHH) at around 9.30 pm. Dey complained of shortness of breath and angina. Following this, he was rushed to the hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.

He was not keeping well since last few days. He was being attended to by a team of doctors and will be shifted to a better facility, if need arises, sources said.

The 75-year-old leader had last contested assembly election from Balasore in 2014 on an Indian National Congress (INC) ticket. However, he lost to Biju Janata Dal’s Jiban Pradip Das by a huge margin.

Dey termed as party hopper had joined the BJD for only 10 days after being denied ticket to contest either Lok Sabha or assembly polls.  He left the party ahead of the polls and joined the grand old party –Congress.

Prior to that, the senior leader had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls unsuccessfully on NCP ticket from the Balasore segment. NCP had a seat sharing arrangement with BJD during the last polls. The turncoat was hopeful to get the ticket based on this earlier equation.

The five-time legislator has won thrice on CPI ticket, once as Independent and once on now-nonexistent Odisha Gana Parishad (OGP) ticket.

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