Bhubaneswar, Nov 7: The mortal remains of former Odisha Assembly Speaker Maheshwar Mohanty were consigned to flames at Puri Swargadwar with full state honour on Tuesday.
The cremation of the five-time MLA was held in the presence of a host of dignitaries, family members, relatives a scores of his admirers.
He was given a guard of honour by the police forces before his son Sunil Mohanty lit the funeral pyre.
Mohanty passed away at the age of 67 while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
The former Speaker was admitted to the hospital on November 1 following cardiac problems.
Mohanty had held several portfolios as a minister during Naveen Patnaik’s government in the state.
He was elected to the Odisha Assembly for the first time in 1995 on a Janata Party ticket.
From 2000 to 2019, he was uninterruptedly elected to the Odisha Assembly on Biju Janata Dal ticket.
Maheswar served as the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly from 2004 to 2008.