Patnagarh, Apr 18: Two-time MLA from Patnagarh Constituency in Balangir district, Bebekananda Meher passed away on Sunday morning. He was 78.
As per the family members of Meher, he was suffering from kidney ailments and under treatment for the same for last two years.
After Meher’s condition deteriorated in the morning today his family members rushed him to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. He died on the way.
Born on March 5, 1943 in Patnagarh, Meher joined politics in 1962 as a Sevadal Organiser and contested 1972 election as Utkal Congress candidate unsuccessfully.
He was jailed for one year during emergency in the country in 1975.
In 1977 he was elected to Odisha Assembly from Patnagarh Constituency as a Janata Party candidate and again as Janata Dal candidate in 1990.
Meher became government deputy chief whip in Odisha Assembly in 1977 and worked as Balangir district Janata Party President from 1981-83.