Former BJP MLA Rathia passes away


Former BJP MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Om Prakash Rathia passed away on Wednesday. The Dharamjaigarh MLA, Rathia, was infected by Covid-19 and he was admitted to Covid Hospital in Raigarh on December 26 after he complained of breathing problem. Rathia was tested positive for Covid-19 on December 24.

After his health deteriorated, Rathia was sent to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Raipur a day before he breathed his last. It is to be mentioned, Rathia won Djaramjaigarh seat twice on BJP ticket. Mainly, Rathia was a tribal leader. Rathia is survived by son and two daughters. Rathia had won MLA elections twice in 2003 and 2008. He had defeated Congress stalwart Chaneshram Rathia to end the 25 years’ of rule by Congress in the constituency. Later, Om Prakash Rathia was lost to Chaneshram’s son Laljit Rathia who is sitting MLA.

Government Anusuiya Uikey, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Rathia.

Expressing her sincere condolence, Governor Uikey prayed to the God for the peace of departed soul. She also consoled the family members. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed his deepest sympathies family of Rathia. Speaker Dr Mahant said that he is deeply saddened by the news. He prayed that God will grant strength to the family of Rathia.


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