Former Odisha Youth Congress chief Sangram Jena succumbs to Covid

Former Odisha Youth Congress president Sangram Jena died on Thursday while undergoing treatment for complications from Covid. He was 44, his family said.

Sangram, the son of former Odisha Pradesh Congressional committee chief Jaydev Jena, was under extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for the past 84 days at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was undergoing treatment after contracting Covid-19, his younger brother Manoj Jena informed.

Considered one of Odisha’s main emerging leaders, Sangram was an important face in the youth wing of the State Congress. He had successfully played active roles in youth policy throughout his career, from his university studies until now.

He was Secretary General of the State Youth Congress in the team of Ranjeev Biswal, State Vice President of the Youth Wing under the banner of Rohit Pujari, and currently held the post of Secretary General under Niranjan Patnaik.

Political observers believe he had a good base of support among young party supporters in all districts, such as the party organization led by the late leader of the late Lalatendu Bidyadhar (Lulu) Mohapatra

Sangram lost the 2014 general election while running in Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency after a fierce fight with opposition leaders, but managed to secure around 3.30 lakh votes.

Condolences have poured in from all quarters following the death of the youth leader. OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik expressed his deep sadness at the untimely demise of Sangram.

Congress veteran Narasingha Mishra, Ramachandra Khuntia and many other party leaders mourned Sangram’s death.

According to some sources, Sangram’s remains will be brought to Odisha this evening and preparations are underway at the Odisha Congress headquarters where political party leaders can pay their final respects to the deceased leader.

Odisha BJP vice president Bhrugu Baxipatra and BJD chief Rohit Pujari wrote heartfelt notes on social media to regret Sangram’s passing.

India’s Congress Secretary Vamshi Chand Reddy and AICC Odisha Chief A Chella Kumar also expressed sorrow over the incident.

Chief Congresswoman Sura Routray broke down in tears as she spoke to the media about the incident.