Bhubaneswar: Former Union minister Arjun Sethi passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, informed son Abhimanyu Sethi.
Before the 2019 polls, Sethi had joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after quitting from Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
He was eight-time MP from Bhadrak Lok Sabha seat. Sethi was a minister in the cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee during 2000-2004.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep grief at the passing away of Sethi.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described late Sethi as a veteran Parliamentarian and an able administrator.
During his long stint as an MP and an MLA, late Arjun Sethi had earned the goodwill of the people for his dedicated service and commitment, he said.
In his death Odisha has lost a political leader of high stature, he added.