Rai had represented Chapra Assembly seat twice -- from 2004 to 2005 and November 2005 to 2010.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in his condolence message described Rai as dedicated social worker. He spoke to his son and expressed deep condolence to the family.

Meanwhile, former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar described Rai as soft spoken and an efficient political worker who worked tirelessly for political participation of deprived sections of the society.

A report from Chapra said that Rai, 50, was cremated in his native Saran district on Tuesday.

(JPN/Agencies)

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