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.
Sad to hear about the demise of former Odisha CM and senior Congress leader, Shri Hemananda Biswal. He stood for Congress party’s ideals throughout his life. @INCOdisha will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family. Om Shanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/k3xENB7X80— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) February 25, 2022
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."
Very sad at the passing of Hemananda Biswal ji, who had been Odisha’s first Tribal CM.— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) February 25, 2022
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. Om Shanti 🙏
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled death of the veteran leader.
ରାଜ୍ୟର ବିକାଶ ବିଶେଷ ଭାବରେ ଜନଜାତିଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କର ବିଶେଷ ଅବଦାନ ଚିର ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ହୋଇ ରହିବ । ଦିବଙ୍ଗତ ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି । ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି ।— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) February 25, 2022
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.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପୂର୍ବତନ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ଶ୍ରୀ ହେମାନନ୍ଦ ବିଶ୍ୱାଳ ଜୀଙ୍କର ବିୟୋଗରେ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ସେ ଅନେକ ବର୍ଷ ଧରି ରାଜନୀତିରେ ସକ୍ରିୟ ଥିଲେ ଏବଂ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଅନେକ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରିଥିଲେ । ଏହି ଦୁଃଖଦ ସମୟରେ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ଏବଂ ସମର୍ଥକଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା । ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 25, 2022