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Nilamani Routray dead

By Our Staff Reporter— PTI

BHUBANESWAR, OCT. 4. The former Orissa Chief Minister, Nilamani Routray, died at the Shriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack this morning. He was 84. He is survived by his son, Bijayshree Routray, now the Health and Family Welfare Minister of the State.

Mr. Routray was ailing for some time and was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago. The end came at 7.30 a.m.

The body was first brought to Bhubaneswar where the Governor, M.M. Rajendran, the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, and other dignitaries paid their homage. It was later taken to his native place in Bhadrak district and cremated with full State honours.

Born on May 24, 1920, Mr. Routray was an active student leader and was first elected to the State Assembly in 1948. He was the Chief Minister from 1977 to 1980, and was also a Union Cabinet Minister in the V.P. Singh Government.

He served as the editor of the Oriya daily, Prajatantra.

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