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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Former Odisha CM Hemananda Biswal passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar while undergoing treatment on Friday, informed his daughter Sunita Biswal. He was 83.

The veteran Congress leader was appointed as the Chief Minister of Odisha twice. He served as the CM from December 7, 1989 to March 5, 1990, and from December 6, 1999 to March 5, 2000. 

Biswal has been the first tribal CM of Odisha. He did Intermediate from Government College, Sundargarh. As per My Neta info, he has been an agriculturist by profession. For the first time, he was elected as MLA in 1974. He was elected as an MP from Sundergarh in 2009-14.

Born on December 1, 1939 in Thakurpada village of Jharsuguda, Biswal had earned an image of efficient and competent political leader. He was appointed as the chief of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee between 1998 and 99. 

Apart from that, he played prominent roles in national and state-level politics along with constitutional roles. 

Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik expressed condolences on the death of the veteran leader and said Biswal's demise is an irreplaceable loss for Odisha politics.

BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda offered condolences to Biswal's family and said, "Very sad at the passing of Hemananda Biswal ji, who had been Odisha’s first Tribal CM. He twice held that office for brief tenures in the 1990s. We knew each other well & had interacted often, he was always very affable & dignified. Deepest condolences to his family."

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled death of the veteran leader.

Biswal's mortal remains will be brought to his Bhubaneswar residence at Nayapalli at 6 am on Saturday and will remain till 10 am for public to pay their last tribute. His last rites will be conducted tomorrow at his native village Thakurpada as per government protocols.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

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