Chanakya of Odisha Politics Pyari Mohan Mohapatra is Passed Away at Mumbai hospital #Odisha

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Chanakya of Odisha Politics Pyari Mohan Mohapatra is Passed Away #Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Bureaucrat-turned politician Pyarimohan Mohapatra, often referred to as Chanakya of Odisha politics for his astute political acumen, is Passed away.

The 77-year-old former BJD Rajya Sabha member and president of Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) has been suffering from certain lungs disease. He is on ventilator support at a Mumbai hospital. “He is critical but stable now. Pyari babu had been facing difficulties in speaking for past some months,” said Jagneswar, Pyari’s close aide and colleague in OJM.

Pyari, who underwent a lungs surgery in March last year and recovered well, is stated to have contracted infections.

A long-time mentor of chief minister Naveen Patnaik before their bitter fallout in 2012, the former IAS officer was the master strategist of the regional party days after it was formed in 1997.

Pyari, who was also closely associated with Biju Patnaik as his principal secretary when the latter was CM, is credited to be the brain behind key BJD decisions such as to deny party ticket to Bijoy Mohapatra, a founder leader of the regional party in 2000 assembly election as Bijoy was perceived a challenge to Naveen.

Pyari also orchestrated the BJD decision to part ways with the BJP in the run up to the 2009 simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections. As the strategy paid up and BJD swept the poll then, Pyari’s stature in the party rose only next to Naveen.

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