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 - Coronavirus in Odisha: Cuttack Municipal Corporation Orders Lockdown Within Its Jursidiction Till July 8

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 - Unlock 1.0 Odisha: These Relaxations Are Allowed in Locked Down 11 Districts | Check List

In 2019, he quit the former party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read - Cyclone Amphan Updates: Amphan' Will be Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm When it Makes Landfall on May 20, Says NDRF