Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Former Odisha Minister Surendranath Naik passes away – N.F Times

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha Minister Surendranath Naik passed away at his residence here in the wee hours of Friday. He was 93.

A seven-time MLA from Kakatpur, Naik had been experiencing old-age-related ailment for quite some time. Apart from being an MLA, he was chairman of Astarang Panchayat Samiti from 1960 to 1967.

According to sources, it was former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik who inspired Naik to join politics. Naik’s political journey began early as he was active in politics since his student days. It helped him shape his future as a seasoned politician and leader in Odisha.

Naik was arrested in 1968 for protesting a bus fare hike and again in 1975 under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).

During his political career, he held various ministerial portfolios, including agriculture, revenue, and education.

His seven terms as MLA and various ministerial portfolios made him a seasoned leader.

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