Former Bihar Chief Minister Dr Jagannath Mishra passed away on Monday morning following a prolonged illness. The 82-year-old leader had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment in New Delhi, where he breathed his last in the morning.
Expressing grief at his demise, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a three-day state mourning. “He was an acclaimed political leader and educationist. His death has caused an irreparable loss not just to Bihar but the entire country,” Kumar said in a message. The former CM will be cremated with full state honours.
Mishra became Chief Minister of Bihar for three terms in 1975, 1980 and 1989. He was also the last Congress Chief Minister of the state. He served as Union Minister as well.
After leaving Congress, he joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and subsequently became a member of Janata Dal (United). His son Nitish Mishra is a member of Nitish Kumar’s cabinet.
Before joining politics, Mishra was a Professor of Economics at Bihar University. He has authored several books.