Puri: Ajit Mangaraj, Congress’ candidate for the Pipili bypoll, succumbed to COVID-19 infection on Wednesday. He was undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Bhubaneswar.
Public Relations Officer at Apollo Hospitals Rakesh Ray confirmed the passing away of the Congress candidate and said that Mangaraj had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection in the hospital.
On April 10, Mangaraj through his official Facebook page informed about getting infected and wrote, “I have been undergoing treatment after got diagnosed for Covid-19.”
“The untimely demise of Mangaraj is a great loss to the Congress and the State at large,” said Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Mangaraj will always be remembered for his positive attitude and his contributions towards the society. Pradhan also offered condolences to the late Congress veteran’s family, friends and supporters.
BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda expressed grief over demise of Mangaraj and wrote, “Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely demise of INC candidate for Pipili assembly constituency by Election Shri Ajit Mangaraj.”
Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely demise of INC candidate for Pipili assembly constituency by Election Shri Ajit Mangaraj.
My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family & followers.
May Mahaprabhu Jagannath give them strength in this difficult time.
Om Shanti 🙏🙏
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) April 14, 2021
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed grief over the death of the Congress candidate and offered condolences to his family members.
ବରିଷ୍ଠ କଂଗ୍ରେସ ନେତା ତଥା ପିପିଲି ବିଧାନସଭା ଉପନିର୍ବାଚନ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥୀ ଅଜିତ ମଙ୍ଗରାଜଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତରେ ମାନ୍ୟବର ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ଗଭୀର ଶୋକ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିବା ସହ ତାଙ୍କ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇଛନ୍ତି।
ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି 🙏🙏
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) April 14, 2021