Former Minister Raghunath Patnaik Dies at 89

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Jeypore: Senior Congress pioneer and Ex Odisha minister Raghunath Patnaik passed away today taking after a cardiovascular sickness here at a hospital. He was 89.

He was admitted to a private medical here yesterday after he felt troubles in breathing. He inhaled his last this morning amid treatment.

Patnaik, who was elected to Odisha Assembly six times from Jeypore constituency, had held essential portfolios like Finance and Law in the JB Patnaik drove Congress government.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, PCC president Prasad Harichandan and BJP State president Basant Panda condoled the sad demises of the popular leader.

“My condolences to the family of ex-minister & popular leader Raghunath Patnaik. May his soul rest in peace”, Naveen tweeted.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan also condoled the death of Patnaik. “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Shri Raghunath Patnaik.He was an inspirational leader who will always be remembered fondly” Pradhan tweeted.