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Veteran Communist leader Shivaji Patnaik passes away at 93

Veteran Communist leader Shivaji Patnaik passes away at 93 – Veteran Communist leader and three-time Member of Parliament Shivaji Patnaik passed away at the age of 93. Shivaji Patnaik is lauded as the founder of CPI (Marxist) in Odisha.

  • He was born on August 10, 1930 and joined the State student’s movement at the age of 17 when he was studying at Ravenshaw College.
  • He played an essential role in the formation of CPI(M) when the Communist party faced division in 1964.
  • He was the party secretary from 1971 to 1990.
  • In 1977, he was first elected to Lok Sabha.
  • He was also the part of Lower House of Parliament after winning the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in 1989 and 1991.

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