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BJP leader and former MP Rudra Madhab Ray passes away

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Senior leader and former MP Rudra Madhab Ray passed away at a hospital here today following prolonged illness.

He was 79.

Ray, who had been ailing for quite some time, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a private hospital, family sources said.

A three-time in assembly from Daspalla constituency, Ray had been elected to the in 2009 from Kandhamal seat as a BJD candidate.

However, Ray who had long association with the and Biju joined after being suspended from BJD in 2014.

Ray, regarded as an influential leader and good organiser, was associated with a number of activities in social, educational and cultural sectors.

A host of leaders and dignitaries including Chief Minister condoled the demise of Ray. In a message, the chief minister described Ray as an effective leader and organiser.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, unit president Basanta Panda, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra, Rourkela Dillip Ray and State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh expressed grief over his demise.

First Published: Tue, May 31 2016. 16:22 IST