Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 6:
Rajya Sabha MP and president of Odisha Jan Morcha party Pyarimohan Mohapatra has condoled the untimely demise of eminent educationist and Christian leader Dr Swaroopanand Patra today.
In his condolence message Mohapatra said. the passing away of Dr Swaroopanand Patra is ” not only a loss to the Christian Community, but also to the State as a whole. Dr Patra was one of those intellectuals who always called a spade a spade in the most emphatic manner. At times, it earned him enemies but he was not bothered about the consequences. The contribution to his community was immense.”
Mohapatra further said, “I knew Dr Patra as a capable media person and an able officer as Director of the State Institute of Education and Technology (SIET). He was close to me over a number of years in public life and the last was one and a half years stint in the Odisha Jan Morcha, where he was a Vice President until he chose to join the Biju
Janata Dal just before the recent General Elections.”
” I deeply mourn the sad demise of Dr Patra and convey my sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
May his soul rest in peace!, ” he said in his message.