Senior BJP leader and Dhamnagar MLA Bishnu Sethi passed away on Monday at the age of 61 years.
Sethi breathed his last while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, informed the medical's Additional Superintendant Pravash Ranjan Tripathy.
He was put under intensive care at the premier hospital for the last one month after suffering from kidney complications.
Sethi was serving as the Deputy Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly.
According to AIIMS sources, 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 at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. He had since been undergoing treatment at the ICU of the premier health institution since.
Sethi was a two-time MLA. He was first elected from Chandbali and then from Dhamnagar in 2019.
He held the rank of Vice President in the Odisha BJP unit. A JNU alumni, Sethi had qualified the Odisha Public Service Commission twice.
He was known as a straightforward leader who always went vocal for welfare of people of Odisha on several issues.
As the news of the legislator’s demise broke, tributes and condolences started pouring in. Noted personalities from all walks of life mourned the death of Sethi, terming it as a great loss.
President Droupadi Murmu took to Twitter to mourn the death of the leader from Odisha.
"Saddened by the demise of Shri Bishnu Charan Sethi, a prominent public figure in Odisha. A prolific writer, Shri Sethi was an eminent legislator. His demise leaves a void which is difficult to fill. My heartfelt condolences to his family, well-wishers and followers," Murmu tweeted,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to his Twitter handle to express sympathies over the death of Sethi.
"Shri Bishnu Charan Sethi Ji made an outstanding contribution to Odisha's progress. He distinguished himself as a hardworking legislator and contributed greatly to social empowerment. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," the Prime Minister wrote in a Twitter post.
Shri Bishnu Charan Sethi Ji made an outstanding contribution to Odisha's progress. He distinguished himself as a hardworking legislator and contributed greatly to social empowerment. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 19, 2022
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed sympathies over the death of Sethi in a Twitter post.
ଧାମନଗର ବିଧାୟକ ବିଷ୍ଣୁ ଚରଣ ସେଠୀଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଜନପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଭାବେ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କ କଲ୍ୟାଣକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବ। ଏପରି ଦୁଃଖଦ ସମୟରେ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହ ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରୁଛି।— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 19, 2022
Expressing condolence over Sethi's demise, Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Vice President Baijayant Panda said it is an irreplaceable loss to the state BJP.
Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Shri Bishnu Sethi, deputy leader of opposition in the Odisha Legislative Assembly.— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) September 19, 2022
An irreplaceable loss to @BJP4Odisha. His contributions to state politics will always be remembered. My prayers are with the family and friends. Om Shanti🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/n9kRj2Azee
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Bishwabhusan Harichandan also expressed their deep condolences over the demise of Sethi.
ଧାମନଗର ବିଧାୟକ ତଥା ବିଧାନସଭାର ଉପନେତା ବିଷ୍ଣୁ ସେଠୀଙ୍କ ଅକାଳ ବିୟୋଗରେ ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ମର୍ମାହତ ଓ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ବିରୋଧି ଦଳ ଉପନେତା ଭାବରେ ବିଧାନସଭାରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସମସ୍ୟାକୁ ନେଇ ସରକାରଙ୍କୁ ସମାଲୋଚନା କରିବାରେ ତାଙ୍କର ବଳିଷ୍ଟ ଭୂମିକା ଥିଲା । pic.twitter.com/DHNkaSFKzq— Governor of Andhra Pradesh (@governorap) September 19, 2022
ବିଧାୟକ ଵିଷ୍ଣୁ ଚରଣ ସେଠୀଙ୍କ ପରଲୋକରେ ମାନ୍ୟବର ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ଗଭୀର ଶୋକ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି l ତାଙ୍କୁ ଜଣେ ଦକ୍ଷ ବିଧାୟକ ଓ ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ ରାଜନେତା ଭାବରେ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରି ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦ୍ଗତି କାମନା କରିଛନ୍ତି l 🙏— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) September 19, 2022
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed grief over the passing away of Sethi.
ଜଣେ ସ୍ନେହୀ, ଅମାୟିକ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିତ୍ୱ ଭାବେ ବିଷ୍ଣୁ ଭାଇ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ପ୍ରିୟ ପାତ୍ର ହୋଇ ପାରିଥିଲେ । ବିଧାନସଭାରେ ଶାଣିତ ସ୍ୱରରେ ଜନସାଧାରଣଙ୍କ ସମସ୍ୟା ଉପସ୍ଥାପନ କରିବାରେ ତାଙ୍କର ଶୈଳି ଥିଲା ନିଆରା । ଜଣେ ଲେଖକ ଓ ସୁବକ୍ତା ଭାବେ ସେ ନିଜର ଅନ୍ୟ ଏକ ପରିଚୟ ତିଆରି କରିଥିଲେ ।— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 19, 2022
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda also took to Twitter to mourn the death of Sethi.
Expressing his grief over the death of Sethi, Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said he has lost an intimate co-member. “He was a senior legislator who will be known for his remarkable discussion in the House. Though we were opposing each other in the political sphere, we used to share a bonding. The state has lost a senior leader, social worker, journalist and speaker and the House, a top-class legislator. Once he said in media that he was going to the Assembly only to learn something from Narasingha Mishra which astonished me.”
According to primary information available, the legislator’s mortal remains will be taken to the Legislative Assembly, then to the BJP party office and to his ancestral village for rituals. However, no confirmation has been received as yet.
Senior journalist Akshaya Sahu said Sethi’s demise is a great loss to the state. The void created due to his loss will never be fulfilled. He was a multitalented personality. He was a litterateur, a journalist, an editor; all rolled into one.
“He was an active member of Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangha (RSS) since his childhood days. Later he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was never known for making any compromise with his style of functioning,” said Sahu
Other leaders including former minister Bijoy Mohapatra, Odisha Assembly Speaker Bikrama Arukha, and senior BJD leader Prasanna Acharya are among others who mourned the death of Sethi.