BHUBANESWAR: Senior Biju Janata Dal leader and Lok Sabha member Ladu Kishore Swain died at a private hospital here following a prolonged illness.
According to the report from his family sources, Swain was suffering from a kidney ailment and passed away on Tuesday night.
71-year-old Swain, who represented Odisha's Aska Lok Sabha constituency, is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and a host of other leaders have condoled the demise of Swain.
"Anguished by the passing away of Lok Sabha MP from Aska, Odisha, Shri Ladu Kishore Swain Ji. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. His work towards rural development was noteworthy. Spoke to his son Nachiketa and expressed condolences”, PM Modi tweeted.
"Sad to hear of the passing of Shri Ladu Kishore Swain, MP (LS) from Aska, Odisha. He contributed immensely to society in various roles. My condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues", President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
"Shocked to hear the demise of Sri Ladu Kishore Swain, MP, Aska. Convey my deep condolences to the bereaved family. Late Sri Swain was an able parliamentarian as well as a distinguished member of state legislature. His loss is profound. May his soul rest in peace", Naveen Patnaik tweeted.
The Odisha Assembly mourned the demise of Swain and paid homage by observing one-minute silence.
He was born on July 8, 1947, and elected to Lok Sabha from Aska Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 as a BJD candidate.
Earlier, he was elected to the state Assembly in 2004 on BJD ticket from Kabisurya Nagara assembly constituency in Ganjam district.