Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 (LocalWire) Former Rajya Sabha MP Baishnab Charan Parida breathed his last at a private hospital in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar on Thursday. He was 77.
According to hospital sources, he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
Condoling his death, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted: “Sad to hear the passing away of former Rajya Sabha MP Baishnab Charan Parida. My deep condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.”
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik also expressed his grief.
“Deeply saddened to hear about the unfortunate demise of former MP, social activist and writer Shri Baishnab Charan Parida. I pray to Lord Jagannath to give his family and loved ones the strength to endure this moment of grave grief,” he tweeted.
Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] leader Janardana Pati said: “His contribution to Bhasa Adolana will never be forgotten. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family.”
Born in Jajpur in 1941, Parida was a veteran Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, a well-known writer and social activist.
A staunch believer in socialism and secularism, he represented Odisha in the Rajya Sabha from 2010 to 2016.
Parida was instrumental in bringing the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.
He was a member of CPI-M from 1960 to 1992, before joining the Congress in 1993. He left Congress to be with the Samajwadi Party from 1999 to 2008. He again switched parties and joined the BJD in 2008.