Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Jul 13:
Former Odisha minister and senior Congress leader Kartik Chandra Mohapatra passed away late on Sunday night at a private hospital in New Delhi. He was 63.
Mohapatra was undergoing treatment at BLK Hospital in New Delhi with complaints of knee pain. Last week, Mohapatra had gone to New Delhi for treatment after feeling pain in the knee.
The four-time MLA from Soro was a diabetic and was admitted to the hospital as his sugar level dropped. As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to ICU of the hospital on Friday. However, the doctors declared him dead at around 11.50 pm on Sunday.
Besides being elected four times as a legislator, he was also voted as Member of Parliament (MP) from Baleswar constituency in 1996. During his second term as an MLA, he was made a minister in JB Patnaik’s cabinet as Revenue minister of state in 1995. A year later, he had resigned from the Assembly membership and successfully contested the MP election in 1996.
The sexagenarian was elected to the Odisha Assembly in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2004 on a Congress ticket. He started his political career as a student union leader of UN College, Soro. The prominent Congress leader started his career in active politics in 1972 after he joined the CPI.
In 1980, he resigned from CPI and joined INC (Indian National Congress).
Notably, Mohapatra had resigned from the post of District Congress Committee President few days before his death citing health reasons.
Politicians across party lines have mourned the death of Mohapatra.
Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik expressed profound grief over the death of his party colleague and former Odisha minister Kartika Mohapatra.
In his condolence message today, Patnaik said Mohapatra was an able organiser and a popular leader of Soro.
“It was due to his able leadership and popularity that the Congress had a strong base in Baleswar district for a long time. His relentless struggle for all-round development of undivided Baleswar district would be remembered for ever,” he said.