Senior BJP 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.
Ray, regarded as an influential leader and good organiser, was associated with a number of activities in social, educational and cultural sectors.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha BJP unit president Basanta Panda, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra, Rourkela MLA Dillip Ray and State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh expressed grief over his demise.