Ex-Minister & Veteran Congress leader Harihar Karan passes away

Bhubaneswar: Former minister and senior Congress leader Harihar Karan passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar today. He was 72.

He was undergoing treatment for Septicemia.

He was a member of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th Assembly in Odisha. Born in 1947, the veteran leader was in active politics since his college days.

He was the students’ union president of Madhusudan Law College in Cuttack in 1968.

Later, he went on to become the General Secretary of Odisha Congress and worked as a member of All India Congress Committee (AICC). In 1974, he was elected in the 6th Assembly, in 1977 he was elected in the 7th Assembly and later in 1980, he became Health & Family Welfare Minister at the Centre.

He was appointed as the chief of Disciplinary Committee of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) in 2013.

He was admitted to Apollo Hospital three weeks ago and later shifted to another hospital after fire mishap in Apollo. He was out of ventilator after shifting. There was a gap in coordination between two hospital which led to his death, son of Harihar alleged.

PCC president Niranjan Patnaik expressed grief over the passing away of Karan. “His demise is a loss for me and Congress party, May God give his family immense courage to bear the loss”, Patnaik said.

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