Bhubaneswar, Aug 2: Former Balasore legislator Arun Dey passed away today while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 76.
The five-time MLA was undergoing treatment at the private hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Dey had joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ahead of the 2020 Balasore Assembly by-election.
He had last contested the assembly poll from Balasore in 2014 on Congress ticket. However, he lost to the BJD candidate Jiban Pradip Das in the election.
Earlier, he had been elected to the state assembly from the Balasore assembly constituency on CPI and later Orissa Gana Parishad ticket for 5 times.