In her message, Sonia Gandhi said Patnaik served as Odisha chief minister thrice, a union minister and as a governor.

 She also said the late leader spent decades in the service of people and added that the former Odisha chief minister remained a Congressman till the end.

She said that his absence will be felt in the years to come.Rahul Gandhi, in his message, said the veteran party leader served the people of the country with dedication.

"I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones on his demise," she said.Patnaik, 89, died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.


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