Bhubaneswar, Apr 14: Senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday expressed deep grief over demise of Pipili by-poll Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj this afternoon.
“Saddened hearing about passing away of Pipili by-poll Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj. His contribution in the political sector will be remembered always. It is very saddening that he died during the election process. I convey my deep condolences to the bereaved family and pray for the soul to rest in peace,” tweeted the Union Minister in Odia.
Besides, BJP candidate Ashrit Pattanayak and national spokesperson Sambit Patra mourned the untimely demise of Manjaraj.
Notably, Mangaraj died while undergoing treatment for Covid infection at a private hospital here on Wednesday afternoon.