New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief over the demise of Gita Mehta, eminent author and elder sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Delhi on Saturday.
Taking to his X account, Modi said that she was a multifaceted personality. “I am saddened by the passing away of noted writer Smt. Gita Mehta Ji. She was a multifaceted personality, known for her intellect and passion for writing as well as filmmaking. She was also passionate about nature and water conservation. My thoughts are with @Naveen_Odisha Ji and the entire family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.”
Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal also expressed condolence over the death of Mehta. His office wrote on X, “Hon’ble Governor is saddened to learn about the demise of accomplished English author Gita Mehta, sister of Hon’ble CM Shri @Naveen_Odisha, and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Om Shanti”,
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote on X “Saddened to hear about the passing away of Gita Mehta ji, a prominent author. This is a major loss to the literary and cultural world. Sincere condolences to Hon CM Odisha and family. Pray to Almighty to give strength to his family and friends to bear this loss. Om Shanti.”
Mehta, a well-known writer-filmmaker passed away on Saturday in Delhi at the age of 80. She was the daughter of legendary Biju Patnaik and married to renowned American publisher late Sonny Mehta.