Political Luminary, Queen of Khallikote V Sugnana Kumari Deo passed away

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  • V Sugnana Kumari Deo, affectionately known as the “Queen of Khallikote,” passed away in the early hours of Saturday at a private hospital in Chennai.
  • Odisha Mourns the Passing of Political Icon.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made a poignant visit to Chennai to meet her.
  • Hailing from Ganjam and born on August 5, 1937, Deo transcended the realms of politics, also emerging as a prominent social activist.
  • Spanning six decades of dedicated service to the public, Deo’s electoral triumphs in 1963, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2009, and 2014 underscore her enduring connection with the people of Odisha.

The political landscape of Odisha mourns the loss of a stalwart figure as V Sugnana Kumari Deo, affectionately known as the “Queen of Khallikote,” passed away in the early hours of Saturday at a private hospital in Chennai. A seasoned leader of the BJD and a remarkable ten-time MLA, Deo’s illustrious journey came to a peaceful close at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy etched in the annals of Indian politics.

Deo’s health had been a concern, leading to her admission to the hospital for treatment of a severe illness. Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made a poignant visit to Chennai to meet her, underscoring the profound impact of her presence in Odisha’s political sphere.

Hailing from Ganjam and born on August 5, 1937, Deo transcended the realms of politics, also emerging as a prominent social activist. Her political voyage commenced in 1961, marked by her inaugural election to the Odisha Assembly from the Khalikote constituency. Her lineage as the daughter of Raja RVM Niladri Deo and marriage into the esteemed family of Purna Chandra Mardaraj Deo bestowed upon her a rich tapestry of heritage and responsibility.

Spanning six decades of dedicated service to the public, Deo’s electoral triumphs in 1963, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2009, and 2014 underscore her enduring connection with the people of Odisha. Despite numerous opportunities, she steadfastly declined cabinet positions, prioritizing her role as a grassroots representative.

As a testament to her esteemed stature, arrangements are underway to transport her mortal remains from Chennai to Bhubaneswar via a special aircraft. Upon arrival, her final journey will culminate in Khalikote, where she will be laid to rest, surrounded by the community she dedicated her life to serving.

V Sugnana Kumari Deo’s passing reverberates not only within the political corridors but also in the hearts of the countless lives she touched with her unwavering commitment and principled leadership. Her legacy stands as a beacon of inspiration for future generations, a testament to the enduring power of service and dedication to the welfare of the people.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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