Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18,
Veteran leader, former legislator and Speaker of the state assembly Yudhisthir Das passed away here today.
He was 93.
Das, a bachelor, was ailing for a while and was under treatment at a local private hospital, sources said.
Das, known for his uncompromising adherence to principled politics was a widely respected leader. He was Speaker of the state assembly between 1990 and 1995 when Biju Patnaik was the chief minister.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has condoled the death of the former Speaker. In his condolence message, Patnaik has described Das as a leader who stood for value-based politics.
“He was widely respected and loved for his simplicity, modesty and integrity. As the Speaker he had demonstrated his remarkable sense of neutrality and boldness and earned the respect of all,” the message said.
” Odisha has lost a great idealist and social worker,” the condolence message from the chief minister said.
OPCC president Jaydev Jena, BJP state president K V Singhdeo, former speaker Sarat Kar and many others have condoled Das’ sad demise.