Bhubaneswar: Veteran freedom fighter and former minister Dolagobinda Pradhan passed away today at his Bhubaneswar residence. He was 93.

Freedom fighters, eminent personalities and many politicians cutting across party lines visited the minister’s residence this morning to pay last respects to the departed soul.

Family members of Pradhan said as per his last wish, he will be buried at his ancestral house at Dihasahi in Cuttack this afternoon.

Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal condoled the sad demise of Pradhan and stated, "His contribution to freedom struggle and to our social life will be remembered for ever. He was a true Gandhian and had dedicated his life to uphold Gandhian values in words and actions."

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Pradhan and conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Expressing his sadness, senior Congress leader Arya Kumar Gyanendra said, "Pradhan was a very affectionate person. He always tried to spread Gandhi's ideology in the society. He started his political career in Independent India as a ward member and became a minister later. I express my grief on behalf of Congress on the sad demise of Pradhan."

Inspired with the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Pradhan had joined the Quit India movement in 1942.

He was elected twice as a legislator from Cuttack Sadar constituency from 1980 to 1990. Pradhan was also the Urban Development Minister from 1989 to 1990.