Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 23:
Former Odisha minister Brahmananda Biswal passed away at his Jharpada residence here today. He was 81 and was ailing for the past few weeks.
Biswal, a three-time MLA from Kamakshanagar constituency, was elected to the Odisha Assembly for the first time on a Congress ticket in 1971 and went on to become minister of state with independent charge of Law, Forests and Animal Husbandry in the Nandini Satpathy government. He later became a cabinet minister for Education in the Binayak Acharya government.
He was credited with bringing KP Singhdeo into the Congress from the Swatantra Party. After the post-Emergency split in the Congress, however, he sided with the Devraj Urs faction.
The last time he won an Assembly election was on a BJD ticket in 2000.
He is survived by nine daughters and three sons.
Biswal’s last rites were performed at the Swargadwar in Puri today.