Bhubaneswar: Former minister and Lok Sabha member from Aska constituency Harihar Swain passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi on Saturday following prolonged illness, family sources said.
He was 73 and was suffering from multiple ailments for several months. He is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters.
Born on November 11, 1939, at Debabhumi village near Aska, Swain was first elected to Odisha assembly in 1977 from Aska on Janata Party ticket and went on to become the deputy minister of transport and jail. He was then elected to the assembly from Kabisurya Nagar in 1995 on Congress ticket and became the minister of the PWD in J B Patnaik cabinet.
He was also elected as Lok Sabha member from Aska constituency in Ganjam district in BJD ticket after joining the party before the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. However, later he was suspended from BJD due to anti-party activities during confidence vote in July 22, 2008. He did not contest the last election due to ill health.
Several political leaders expressed grief over the death of Swain. Condoling the death of Swain, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Swain was a veteran leader and politician. He has proved his talent as member of Odisha Legislative Assembly and Loksabha.
The last rites of Swain will be performed today at Puri.
Source: 360 NS