Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday condoled the death of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and described him as an efficient leader and administrator.

"Deshmukh was an efficient leader and administrator. He undertook different developmental programmes both as chief minister of Maharashtra and as a union minister," Patnaik said in a message.

Describing Deshmukh as popular among politicians cutting across party lines, Patnaik said his death was a national loss.

(Agencies)

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