Jharsuguda: Brajrajnagar MLA and former Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly Kishore Mohanty passed away on Thursday. The senior BJD leader suffered a cardiac arrest today evening and breathed his last at a private hospital in Jharsuguda.
Mohanty was 63. A veteran political leader of western Odisha, Mohanty was elected to the Assembly from Jharsuguda thrice. He was the Government Chief Whip for four years during 2004 to 2008 and also elected to the Rajya Sabha.
Mohanty was first elected to the Assembly in 1990 and has been a key leader from western Odisha during his career spanning 30+ years. A former Minister, Speaker, Western Odisha Development Council Chairman, Mohanty, a native of Jharsuguda donned many hats and discharged his responsibilities successfully.
In 2019 elections, he won the Brajrajnagar assembly seat. Political leaders across the party line including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan expressed deep grief over the sudden death of Mohanty.