Bhubaneswar: Sitting MLA of Patkura and BJD’s candidate from the same Assembly constituency in Kendrapara, Bed Prakash Agarwalla passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar today.
The senior leader of the Biju Janata Dal, Agarwalla, was bed-ridden for many days due to health-related issues and was undergoing treatment at Care Hospital here.
However, the conch party nominee from Patkura breathed his last this morning. He was 82. A pall of gloom has descended over the death of the senior BJD leader.
Agarwalla was elected as Patkura MLA in 2009 and 2014 elections. Prior to that, He had been elected MLA four other times from Kendrapara Assembly seat- In 2000, as BJP candidate; in 1990, as Janata Dal candidate; in 1977, as Janata Party candidate and in 1974, as Utkal Congress candidate.
It is pertinent to mention here that Agarwalla was to fight the polls from Patkura Assembly seat against BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra and Congress’ Jayanta Mohanty.
Following his demise, the Assembly polls in Patkura will be countermanded by the Election Commission of India (ECI). This Assembly constituency that comes under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat was scheduled to go to polls on April 29 in the fourth phase elections in Odisha.