Bhubaneswar,July 9: Veteran congress leader and former Odisha MP Sriballav Panigrahi passed away today morning at Bengaluru.
He has died at the age of 74.
He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bengaluru due to his illness and breathed his last at around 8:00 am and informed Panigrahi’s sister and legislator Raseswari Panigrahi.
Born on September 19, 1940 at Baragaon in Sambalpur district, Panigrahi hailed from a family of freedom fighters and showed active interest in Politics since his student days.
He joined the Congress party while he was a student and in the year 1967 he was elected the Congress's district president of Sambalpur.
At a tender age of 27 he was the youngest member to become party's president of a district. Panigrahi was elected to the legislative assembly twice from the Sambalpur Assembly constituency in 1971 and 1974.
In 1973, the then chief minister Nandini Satapathy appointed him as the cabinet minister and at the age of 33 he was the youngest cabinet minister in the country at that point in time.
Between 1973 and 1977 he was in charge of Revenue, Irrigation & Energy, Law, Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Food & Supplies, and Commerce ministries.
Panigrahi was also elected to the Lok Sabha thrice from the Deogarh Parliamentry constituency in the years 1984, 1991and 1996. Given his performance and track record he was appointed as the Chairman of the Petroleum and Chemical Parliamentary Standing Committee in the year 1993.