Bhubaneswar: Paralakhemundi king Maharaja Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo passed away early this morning. He was 76.
Gopinath Gajapati had been undergoing treatment for multiple diseases for than three years. He was admitted to hospital in Chennai first. After six months, he had been brought to a private hospital here.
Born on March 6, 1943, Gopinath Gajapati was a member of Lok Sabha from Berhampur in Odisha during 9th and 10th Lok Sabha. While he began his career with the Congress, he later switched over to the BJP in 1998 and then to the BJD in 2009.
Grandson of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, the first Prime Minister of pre-Independence Odisha and one of makers of new Odisha, Gopinath Gajapati had done B.S. (Tech.) M.I.I.E. (Chem.) from the Alagappa College of Technology.