Bhubaneswar: BJD leader and Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy breathed his last at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar at about 2.36 am on Sunday. He was 65.
The legislator had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14 and was admitted at the SUM Ultimate Medicare in Bhubaneswar. He had successfully recovered from it too. Last night he complained of breathing issues and was hence put on ventilator support as his condition reportedly deteriorated on Friday.
Pradeep Maharathy’s mortal remains are expected to be taken to Vidhan Sabha complex, followed by BJD office and then to his ancestral home in Pipili of Puri district. His last rites would be performed in Puri Swargadwar later today.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Saturday spoke with his family and wished for Maharathy’s speedy recovery. He had also requested the doctor supervising the treatment of Maharathy that the best treatment possible should be ensured for his speedy recovery.
Born on July 4, 1955, at Khorapada in Pipili under Puri district, the seven times MLA from Pipili constituency had started his political career as President of the Student Union in SCS College, Puri. He had been elected as MLA for the first time in 1985 as a member of the erstwhile Janata Party.
During his political career, he had been the Minister of several departments including Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development. He has also been the President of CARD Bank in Puri, Government Deputy Chief Whip in the Assembly, President of Central Cooperative Bank and President of MARKFED, Odisha.