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Pradeep Pattanayak

The mortal remains of BJP leader and Dhamnagar MLA Bishnu Sethi were consigned to flames at his ancestral village Mangarajpur under Tihidi block in Bhadrak district on Monday night. A sea of people from different walks of life bade a tearful adieu to the departed leader. 

Before the conduct of the last rites, the mortal remains of the two-time legislator were taken in a procession to the BJP party office where leaders paid their last respect to the leader. Thereafter, the journey to his native village started at 12.15 pm. It was around 12.30 am when the body reached Tihidi. By the time, it reached Dhamanagar square, heavy rainfall lashed the area and it continued till midnight. 

Braving rains, those who love Sethi came out to pay their last respect. Among others, State BJP president Samir Mohanty, senior BJP leader Manmohan Samal, MLAs like Mohan Charan Majhi, Nauri Nayak, Bhaskar Madei and Mukesh Mahaling were present at the funeral of Sethi. 

His only son Suraj Suryavanshi lit the pyre. 

“Losing their favourite leader, the entire Tihidi block is mourning,” said a sobbing Raghunath Jena, a relative. 
The leader’s elder brother Purnachandra Sethi also remembered him, saying he was very much affectionate towards family members.  

Notably, Sethi was suffering from chronic renal problems and was undergoing dialysis. A month ago, he suffered infection in his lungs and also received a brain stroke following which he was admitted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. He had since been undergoing treatment at the ICU of the premier health institution.

For the first time, Sethi was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Chandbali constituency in 2000. In 2006, he was made the chairman of Odisha State Cashew Development Corporation. In 2019, he was again elected to the Assembly from Dhamnagar seat. 

Besides politics, the multifaceted leader has also left his indelible footprints in the field of journalism and literature. He worked as the editor of several magazines including ‘Bishes Khabar’, ‘Ghasaphula’ and ‘Sironama Sirodharya’. He also penned two collections of poems‘NIramaya Akasha Tale’ and ‘NIswa Matira Swara’.

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