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Socialist leader Kishan Patnaik dead

Socialist leader and former MP Kishan Patnaik passed away here on Monday following a brief illness. He was 74.Patnaik was admitted into the Nilachal Hospital here five days ago after suffering from fever and was subsequently shifted to the ICU as his condition worsened.Hospital sources said Patnaik, who is survived by his wife, had an attack of meningitis. The end came at around 12.30 PM.The leader, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sambalpur constituency in 1962, was involved in several popular agitations and often highlighted the plight of farmers and poverty in the western districts.His body was taken to the Lohia academy here where it would be kept till tomorrow for people to pay their last respects.Mr Patnaik, a disciple of socialist thinker Ram Manohar Lohia, was very popular among old socialists of Karnataka. M D Nanjundaswamy and former Karnataka Backward Class Commission Chairman Ravivarma Kumar were among his friends. He was involved in many farmers’ movements, including that of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. He was in Bangalore last month to participate in a seminar on parallel politics organised by the D R Nagaraj Memorial Trust.



Kishan Patnaik’s Mysore connection
Senior socialist Kishan Patnaik, who passed away in Bhubhaneshwar on Monday, had some memories of Mysore City, reports DHNS from Mysore. During the Emergency, Patnaik had gone underground in the City to avoid police arrest. He lived clandestinely in the City by changing his name to ‘Krishnaprasad’.Writer Sriram, who was also part of the socialist movement, told Deccan Herald that Patnaik was in Mysore in July-August when the Emergency was declared. “Patnaik was in my house for two days. “Since police had an eye on my house during that time, he was shifted to a lodging on Ramavilas Road. He stayed secretly in that lodge for over two weeks,” he recalled.“Several political leaders secured political posts after Emergency. But Patnaik did not like this and never sought anything after the Emergency,” Sriram remembered. Since Patnaik was against alcohol like Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, he used to like soups, he recalled


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 Kishan Patnaik remembered
By Our Staff Correspondent
CHITRADURGA, SEPT. 29. Rich tributes were paid to the veteran socialist, Kishan Patnaik, who passed away recently.
Speaking at function organised by Janapara Vedike, Chitradurga, here on Wednesday to pay homage to Mr. Patnaik, the seer of the Murugha Math, Sri Shivamurthy Murugharajendra Swamiji, stressed the need to maintain probity in public life.
The noted writer, Banjagere Jayaprakash said that Mr. Patnaik was a "bairagi" in post-independence Indian politics.
Mr. Patnaik participated and shaped many people's movements, he said.
M. Jayanna, general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party's State unit, chaired the meeting.
Narenahalli Arun Kumar, journalist, welcomed the gathering.
Challakere Basavaraj and Banjagere Vishwanath, conveners of Janapara Vedike, spoke.

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