Jamshedpur: Three times former MLA from Jamshedpur East Dinanath Pandey passed away on Friday. He was 85 years old. Pandey was ill for a long time and was undergoing treatment at Tata Man Hospital (TMH). On Friday morning, he breathed his last. His last journey will start from Birsanagar to Subarnarekha Burning Ghat at Bhuiyandih on January 13.
On the demise of Pandey, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, former Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy, senior BJP leader Amarpreet Singh Kale and other dignitaries have expressed grief.
�He was a pillar of BJP and his absence will always be felt. He was like a guardian for me,� said Raghubar Das in a press communique issued by his Jamshedpur camp office. Munda also extended his condolence to the family and said that he was dedicated political leader. Kale said that Pandey was an inspiration for young leaders as he led a simple yet dignified life.
Dinanath Pandey first came to the Assembly in 1977 after contesting elections from the Janata Party ticket. After this, in the 1980 and 85 elections he reached the Assembly on BJP�s ticket. In 1990 assembly elections he faced defeat from Congress candidate. On the same seat in 1995, BJP gave ticket to current Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Dinanath had contested as an Independent candidate. While in the 1996 Lok Sabha election, Pandey contested on the ticket from Shiv Sena. He remained active in social life till his end.