Bhubaneswar: Well-known teacher leader, litterateur and former MLA of Mahanga Bikram Keshari Barma passed away at a private COVID hospital here on Saturday. He was 81.
Barma’s son-in-law Niranjan Bhuyan told the media that the former MLA was admitted to the hospital after he had tested COVID positive on May 26. However, his condition deteriorated on Friday night and he passed away on Saturday morning.
Bhuyan said that his father-in-law’s last rites will be performed at Satya Nagar crematorium later in the day.
Barma was elected from Mahanga constituency in 2004 as a BJD candidate by defeating the Congress candidate and former minister, Sk Matlub Ali, by around 9,000 votes.
He was also the chairman of the Odisha State Cashew Development Corporation Ltd.