Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra passed away in New Delhi after prolonged illness, news agency ANI reported on Monday. He was 81. Condoling his demise, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar declared a three-day mourning in the state. Mishra will be cremated with state honours. His death has caused an irreparable loss not just to Bihar but the entire country, Kumar said in a message.
Governor Phagu Chauhan also condoled the death of Mishra and recalled his contributions as a three-time chief Minister and, later, as a Union minister
In her condolence message, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Mishra always stood for the interest of the deprived and the marginalised minorities in society. He will be remembered for a long time to come, Gandhi said.
Mishra, who was with the Congress, served as chief minister of undivided Bihar thrice. He had also served as union minister in PV Narasimha Rao’s Cabinet.
Mishra was convicted in three cases linked to the fodder scam. He was granted regular bail by the Jharkhand High Court in July, 2018 on medical grounds. He was receiving treatment for cancer at a hospital in Gurgaon.