Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Nov 6:

Senior Odisha Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, popularly known as Lulu, passed away late this evening in Gurgaon following prolonged sickness. He was 52.


According to his brother Lalitendu Mohapatra, he was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was under treatment in Gurgaon based Medanta hospital since past three weeks. His condition deteriorated after 7:30 this evening and he breathed his last few hours later.

Governor SC Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the sudden demise of Mohapatra.

Condolences poured in from party colleagues and political rivals alike after the news spread.

“Saddened by the untimely demise of sr Congress leader from Odisha Shri Lalatendu Mohapatra.My heartfelt condolences to his fmly &loved ones,” tweeted Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s official Twitter account.

“Heartbreaking moment having lost a elder brother a guide and a great leader. #riplulubhai,” tweeted Odisha Congress Vice President Pradeep Majhi.

“Extremely saddened over untimely demise of senior Odisha Congress leader Sh Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra. I had known Lulubhai since student days and always shared a good personal relationship with him,” tweeted Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“Saddened by the untimely demise of Lulu . Congress party and the state lost a brave soldier. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted senior Congress Leader and Leader of opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra.

BJP state president Basant Panda, AICC general secretary in-charge of Odisha Congress BK Hariprasad, PCC president Prasad Harichandan, Union minister Jual Oram, BJD MP Baijayant Panda, Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, ministers Debi Mishra, Puspendra Singhdeo, Pranab Prakash Das and Sanjay Das Burma expressed grief over the untimely demise of Mohapatra.

Mohapatra was a three term MLA who represented Brahmagiri Assembly constituency in 1995, 2000 and 2004. Besides, he served as the Vice President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee between 2004 and 2009 and President of NSUI Odisha and Odisha Youth Congress as well.

A popular face in student and youth politics, he was known for his organisational skills and was considered among the few Congress leaders to have his personal organisational base across all 314 blocks in the state.  He was also known as a close associate of former Chief Minister Janaki Bhallav Patnaik.

Recently, he was in news for supporting NSUI and Youth Congress workers who pelted eggs at several ministers of Odisha Government including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.