Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra is No More

Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra (file photo from 2014).

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New Delhi: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away at the age of 82 at a hospital in New Delhi on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, family members said.

The three-time Chief Minister of Bihar and former Congress leader switched his loyalty to other parties in a political career that spanned over five decades.

Mishra was first elected Chief Minister of Bihar in 1975 and then again in 1980. In 1989, he once again occupied the chair of the Chief Minister for the last time.

An economist by profession, Mishra, who died as a Janata Dal – U leader, also served briefly as a Union cabinet minister in the l'90s.

Because of his involvement in the multi-crore fodder scam that occurred in the pre-bifurcation Bihar under his watch and then under the watch of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and the then Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mishra was one of the many who was sentenced to prolonged prison term by a special CBI court.

He, along with 44 others including Yadav, was sentenced by the CBI court as the judge awarded him a four-year sentence and a fine of Rs. 2 lakh. He, however, was able to obtain bails at various times on health and other grounds.

Mishra's death was condoled by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Governor Fagu Chauhan, and other leaders cutting across party line.

The government has declared a 3-day mourning in Bihar and has announced a funeral with full state honors for the former Chief Minister.

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