Bhubaneswer (Special Opinion) 98 years old Veteran Leader of Odisha Shir Bhavani Charan Patnaik passed away today. He was member of Parliament of Rajya sabha in 1961, 1966, 1978. His birth place is Nimapada under Puri district. Prominent freedom fighter and former MP Bhabani Charan Patnaik was admitted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday following cardiac problems, doctors treating him said. The Odisha government announced that veteran freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik will be cremated with full state honours at Nimapada in Puri tomorrow. Patnaik was born on 11 May 1922 at Andhia in Nimapada of Puri disrtict. He was elected as Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha for three times. He was bestowed with Padma Shri award in 2018. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and many leaders condoled death of the freedom fighter. The Chief Minister described late Bhavani Patnaik as a great patriot who had dedicated his entire life for the cause of the common man. A strong believer of Gandhian principles, he was a close associate of Biju Babu. A man of indomitable spirit Bhavani Babu was very active till his death.In his death, the nation lost a true Gandhian and Karmayogi, said the Chief Minister. He conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved families.