Communist Party of India founder Sivaji Patnaik died Monday

One of the founders of the Odisha unit of the Communist Party of India died on Monday at the age of 92. Patnaik is credited with being one of the primary leaders of the Marxist group.

According to a report by The Times of India Veteran communist leader and former Bhubaneswar MP Sivaji Patnaik died at 2.10 pm on Monday.

Patnaik was survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter, and was taken to the hospital on Sunday after the potassium level in his blood dropped. 

A service for the former communist leader will be held at the party’s state headquarters near Jaydev Vihar at 10 am on Tuesday for the last darshan.

“Comrade Sivaji Patnaik had a wish that his body will be donated to a hospital after his death,” said CPI(M) state secretary Ali Kishore Patnaik.

After consulting with our leader’s family members, we have decided that we will donate his body to AIIMS Bhubaneswar on Tuesday afternoon.”

“The veteran leader had won three times in CPI(M) tickets from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in 1977, 1989 and 1991 by defeating Congress candidates,” the Times of India reported.

“He had defeated Bipin Dash of Congress in 1, 45,346 votes in 1989. Bhubaneswar was a bastion of communist party, but it lost the grip over the constituency later.”

The former communist leader served as the second state secretary of CPI(M) Odisha unit after Banamali Das and remained at the post from 1972 to 1990 and was a member of the party’s Central Committee from 1978 to 1989. 

CPI(M) State secretary said Sivaji Patnaik had received his party membership in 1947 from the undivided communist party. “He was a member of the CPI(M) since the beginning of the party. He has nurtured and trained many communist leaders including me. He has fought several people’s movements to protect the rights of common people especially marginalised sections of the society during his lifetime. His death is the end of an era,” he added.