Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away in New Delhi today morning following prolonged illness. He was 82 years old.
He was elected Chief Minister of Bihar three times. After his brother L.N Mishra’s assassination, Jagannath Mishra became arguably Bihar’s most powerful Congress leader for much of the late seventies and eighties.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh expressed grief over the demise of the mass leader.
Jagannath, by all accounts, was rated as the biggest mass leader in the Congress.
A deft practitioner of populism, Jagannath had earned popularity of lakhs of teachers by taking over hundreds of private primary, middle and high schools across the state in 1977.
After leaving Congress, he joined the Nationalist Congress Party and was currently a member of Janata Dal (United).
Mishra began his career as a lecturer and later became professor of economics at Bihar University.