Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra breathed his last in New Delhi. He was a three-time chief minister of Bihar. Mishra was undergoing treatment in the national capital for the past few years.
Nitish Mishra, son of the three-time Chief Minister, told IANS that his father, who had been ailing for some time, passed away around 9.45 a.m.
Dr. Jagannath Mishra started his career as a professor.
Once a powerful figure for the Congress in Bihar politics, Mishra first became Chief Minister in 1975 and then returned to office in 1980 and 1989 before Lalu Prasad succeeded him.
Mishra was also a former Union Cabinet Minister. His brother, L.N. Mishra, had been assassinated.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of Jagannath Mishra, saying he always stood for the interests of the deprived and marginalised minorities in society.
"He will be remembered for a long time to come," she said in a statement.
In 2013, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation in Ranchi along with 44 others in the fodder scam case also convicted him. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 200,000. He was later acquitted on bail.