Bhubaneswar, Oct 3 (PTI) Senior BJD leader and Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy, who had tested positive for COVID-19, was put on ventilator support after his health condition deteriorated, the ruling party in Odisha said on Saturday.
Maharathy, also a former minister, tested positive on September 14.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has spoken to his family members and prayed for the lawmaker's speedy recovery, a BJD statement said.
Maharathy is among the 51 lawmakers of the state to have contracted the virus.
Meanwhile, Patnaik also congratulated Shehnaz Begum, a nonagenarian from Sambalpur, on recovering from COVID-19.
'Her victory over the deadly disease symbolises Odisha's resilience in the face of adversity,' he added. PTI AAM RBT RBT