Sambalpur: Former Odisha minister and ex-member of Rajya Sabha Sanatan Bishi passed away at his Sambalpur residence this morning. He was 79.

He was member of the upper house of the Parliament from 1994 to 2000. Later, he was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly twice in 2000 and 2004 from Rairakhol constituency as a BJD candidate. He also served as Health & Family Welfare Minister of Odisha.

The BJD veteran breathed his last today following prolonged illness. Political leaders cutting across party lines expressed condolence over the demise of the former minister.

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