Sambalpur: Former Odisha MLA Abhimanyu Kumar, who established the famous Gandhi temple in Sambalpur city, died here on Sunday following a prolonged illness. He was 98.
Kumar, who had been bedridden for around a month, breathed his last at his residence at Bhatra here, family sources said.
He is survived by son Pramod Kumar and daughter Manju.
A four-time MLA from Rairakhol, Kumar had joined Congress in 1970. He was first elected to the state assembly from the Rairakhol constituency in 1971 and won from the same segment in 1980, 1985 and 1995.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and a host of other political leaders expressed grief at the demise of Kumar and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family.
Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Abhimanyu Kumar. The work done by him for the development of his area as a legislator will always be remembered, the chief minister said.
ରେଢାଖୋଲର ପୂର୍ବତନ ବିଧାୟକ ଅଭିମନ୍ୟୁ କୁମାରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ବିଧାୟକ ଭାବେ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ଉନ୍ନତି ପାଇଁ ସେ କରିଯାଇଥିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ତାଙ୍କୁ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ କରି ରଖିବ। ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହ ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରୁଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 26, 2020
Union Minister Pradhan said Kumar had made significant contributions in social, political and other spheres.
ରେଢାଖୋଲ ନିର୍ବାଚନ ମଣ୍ଡଳିର ପୂର୍ବତନ ବିଧାୟକ ଅଭିମନ୍ୟୁ କୁମାରଙ୍କ ପରଲୋକ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ । ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ରାଜନୈତିକ ଜଗତ ପ୍ରତି ତାଙ୍କର ଅବଦାନ ଅତୁଳନୀୟ । ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗକୁ ସାନ୍ତ୍ୱନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରୁଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) July 26, 2020
BJP's National Vice President Baijayant 'Jay' Panda also expressed grief on the demise of the ex-MLA.
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) July 26, 2020
The veteran leader had taken the initiative for the establishment of the Gandhi temple at Bhatra here in 1971.
While the foundation stone was laid in 1971, the temple was inaugurated in 1974 by the then Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy.
The last rites of Kumar were performed at the Khandual cremation ground here.
(With Agency Inputs)