Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra passes away at 82

New Delhi:  Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away at a hospital here on Monday after suffering in a prolonged illness. He was 82.

Mishra was a three-time Chief Minister of Bihar. He became the Chief Minister for the first time in 1975. He remained in the post till April 1977. He ruled the state again in from 1980 to 1983. He was also the last Congress Chief Minister of the State.

Mishra was also a Cabinet Minister at the Centre in 1990. His brother Lalit Narayan Mishra was Railway Minister at the Centre during Indira Gandhi’s regime as Prime Minister.

After leaving the Congress, Mishra joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and then moved on to Janata Dal-United (JDU).

Before joining politics, Mishra served as an economics professor at Bihar University. He also authored several books.

In September 2013, Mishra was convicted in the Rs 950-crore fodder scam by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).  However, he was acquitted recently by a court in Ranchi.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the veteran leader’s death and declared a three-day state mourning.

“Jagannath Mishra was a famous leader and educationist. He made an invaluable contribution to the politics of Bihar and India. His death is an irreparable loss in the field of politics, society, and education,” Nitish Kumar said in a statement.

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