Hemananda Biswal,Odisha’s first tribal CM passes away

Highlights:

  • Odisha’s first tribal chief minister as well as last Congress chief minister of the state, Hemananda Biswal passed away at the age of 82.
  • Biswal, a Bhuyan tribal from Jharsuguda district, served as the chief minister twice from 1989 to 1990 and 1999 to 2000.
  • In December 1999, he was again made chief minister after erstwhile chief minister Giridhari Gamang was replaced over his failure in relief and rehabilitation measures in the aftermath of the 1999 super cyclone that ripped through the Odisha coast.