BJD’s Patkura candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla passes away
Bhubaneswar: Veteran leader and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate from Patkura Assembly seat Bed Prakash Agarwalla passed away following a prolonged illness here on Saturday morning.
The former finance minister in the late Biju Patnaik government was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here after he was nominated by the BJD to contest the elections from Patkura Assembly Constituency in Kendrapara district.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his deep grief over demise of the veteran politician. “Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s death is a great loss for all of us. His organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of general public will be remembered forever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu. I convey my deep sympathy to the bereaved family,” tweeted Naveen.
Condoling the death of Agarwalla, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul.”
The six-time legislator was to fight the polls against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Bijay Mohapatra.
The polling in Patkura Assembly, which is scheduled in the fourth phase on April 29, is expected to be rescinded following Agarwalla’s demise.
Agarwalla had been elected to Odisha Legislative Assembly for six times in his career, four times from Kendrapara and twice from Patkura.
Agarwalla was active in politics since 1970s. He was elected to the Assembly on Utkal Congress ticket from Kendrapara in 1974. Later, he was the legislator of Janata Party and Janata Dal in 1977 and 1990 respectively from Kendrapara Assembly Constituency.
He had joined the BJP and was elected to the Assembly from Kendrapara Assembly seat in 2000 polls. He represented Patkura Assembly Constituency twice getting elected on BJD ticket in 2009 and 2014 elections.
Agarwalla’s death is said to be a great loss for the BJD.