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Former Odisha Speaker Sarat Kar No More

Bhubaneswar: Former Speaker of Odisha Assembly, eminent writer and orator Sarat Kumar Kar passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday. He had reportedly contracted COVID-19 and was under treatment.

Confirming the news on Twitter, his grandson Ansuman Kar stated that the former legislator fought like a warrior.

Born on September 5, 1939, in Cuttack district of Odisha, Sarat had joined politics in 1964 after completing his Masters in Political Science from the prestigious Allahabad University and was elected three times (2000–04, 1990–95 and 1971–74) to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Mahanga.

He was probably the youngest Cabinet Minister in Odisha’s political history. He was elected as a Janata Party (Lok Dal) MP in 1977 from Cuttack after defeating Congress stalwart and the then sitting Union Minister JB Patnaik.

Sarat has written four poetry books (Druta Bilambita, Manthan, Romanthan and Ananya), one long fiction (Samayara Jete Dheu), one spiritual book and hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines on literary, social, spiritual and political topics in Odia.

He was a prolific orator on politics and culture. A great devotee of Lord Jagannath, who had been giving commentary on the Lord’s Car Festival (“Rath Yatra”) on All India Radio, Doordarshan and private TV channels for nearly 45 years.

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