New Delhi: Former Union Minister of Water Resources Arjun Charan Sethi on Monday passed away at the age of 79 in a private hospital in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.Also Read - Odisha Shocker: Man 'Sells' 2-Year-Old Daughter For Rs 5,000 to Buy Liquor

Sethi was the Water Resource Minister from 2000 to 2004 during the reign of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. He was elected to the Lok Sabha eight times on a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ticket and twice to the Odisha Legislative Assembly. Also Read - Odisha Man Arrested For Killing Stray Dog After Video of Act Goes Viral: Police

In 2019, he quit the former party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read - Free Coaching to Uttar Pradesh Students For Many Competitive Exams From Basant Panchami: CM