Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly on the first day of its Budget Session on Monday mourned the deaths of former Union Defence Minister George Fernades, former Minister Chaitanya Prasad Majhi, former members Nityananda Gartia, Raj Kishore Pradhan, Parsuram Panda and Ratna Manjari Devi and former Lance Nayak Hemanta Kumar Panda.
The House also conveyed condolences to the bereaved families.
Bringing an obituary reference, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said deaths of the former Ministers, MLAs and the Lance Naik are a irreparable loss to the nation, state and their respective families.
Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, BJP Legislature Party leader KV Singh Deo, CPM member Laxman Munda and Speaker Pradeep Kumar Amat expressed deep grief over the deaths.
A two-minute silent was observed for the departed souls.