Bhubaneswar: Former Minister Bijayshree Routray is no more.
He passed away at a private hospital here on 2 June at the age of 67.
Veteran BJD leader had tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week of May this year.
According to family sources, Bijayshree died of post COVID complications. Septicemia and Multi-Organ failure.
Son of former Chief Minister Nilamani Routray, he was elected to the Odisha Assembly 6 times from Basudevpur constituency in Bhadrak district since 1990.
Bijayshree was the Minister Revenue and Disaster Management from 2014-17 and Minister Forest and Environment Department in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Cabinet in 2017-19.
In the previous Governments, Bijayshree held key Departments as Minister. Political leaders and people from all quarters of society have expressed deep grief over the demise of the veteran leader.
Basuedevpur is currently represented by Bijayshree’s son Bishnubrata in Odisha Legislative Assembly.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and a host of prominent persons expressed deep sorrow over the death of Mr.Rautaray.
“His death is a huge blow to all of us,” he said in his condolence message.
The Chief Minister conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
After receiving news of Rautaray’s death, the Chief Minister spoke to late Rautaray’s son Bishnu Brat Rautaray.
PCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik has condoled his untimely demise