Mumbai: Veteran politician and former bureaucrat Pyari Mohan Mohapatra passed away today evening at Hinduja hospital in Mumbai. His condition was critical since the last few days. He was 77.
Affected with lung cancer that had been treated earlier, he was reportedly suffering from brain infection.
Born in Talcher, he studied B.A. (Hons.) in Economics, M.A. in Political Science, Diploma in Development Administration Educated at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Allahabad University, Allahabad and London School of Economics, London.
He was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 1963 Batch, Odisha Cadre and served for 35 years in different positions till retirement in January, 1998. He was the main political adviser to Naveen Patnaik and was often referred to as Chanakya in the political spheres.
The former bureaucrat formed his independent party, Odisha Jana Morcha after being ousted by Naveen following an alleged coup in June 2012 and was serving as an MP in Rajya Sabha where his term ended on July 1, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.