Odisha SUM hospital fire tragedy: CM Naveen Patnaik accepts Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak's resignation

Bhubaneswar, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 21 October 2016, 08:27 PM
SUM hospital fire tragedy (Pic: PTI)
SUM hospital fire tragedy (Pic: PTI)

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on Friday resigned as the Health Minister of Odisha following the fire tragedy that claimed 25 lives. Nayak handed over his resignation to resignation to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Odisha CM has accepted the resignation and has sent it to the Governor. "Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has resigned on moral grounds, I have accepted his resignation and sent it to the Governor, said Patnaik.

The opposition Congress and BJP had demanded the resignation of Nayak. The fire tragedy, in the backdrop of the death of over 50 children due to Japanese Encephalitis in Malkangiri district, has come as a major ammunition for the opposition which had demanded Nayak’s resignation.

On Thursday, the Odisha BJP had lodged a police complaint against Patnaik and naming them as accused in the SUM Hospital fire incident. Lodging the complaint at Capital police station here, the party demanded that Patnaik and Nayak be made co-accused in the case.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 07:52 PM
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