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Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra passes away

Jagannath Mishra was three-times Chief Minister of the state. He was the last Congress Chief Minister in the state of Bihar. 

Aug 19, 2019 14:42 IST
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Jagannath Mishra

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on August 19, 2019. He was 82 and suffering from some health issues for several months. He was three-times Chief Minister of the state.

Jagannath Mishra was the last Congress Chief Minister in the state of Bihar. He also served as a cabinet minister in the center. His brother Lalit Narayan Mishra was the Railway Minister in Indira Gandhi’s government at center. On his demise, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar declared a three-day state mourning in the state. The former CM will be cremated with state honours.

About Jagannath Mishra

• He started his career as an academician and later became Professor of economics at Bihar University.
• Apart from his political life, he was also active in social activism. He was an active member of Bhoodan Movement which was started by Vinoba Bhave.
• He joined Indian National Congress when he was Professor at Bihar University.
• Jagannath Mishra became the Chief Minister for the first time in 1975. Second time he was given command in 1980 and the last time he was the Chief Minister of Bihar from 1989 to 1990.
• He was also a Union Cabinet Minister in 90s. Jagannath Mishra left the Congress and joined the Nationalist Congress Party in late 90s.
• His son Nitish Mishra is also into politics and he has been a cabinet minister in the Bihar government.

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Jagannath Mishra and Bihar Press Bill, 1982

On 31 July 1982, Jagannath Mishra’s government successfully passed the amendments of Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 455 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) collectively called the Bihar Press Bill. The Bill prohibited the publication, sale and possession of any printed matter that was ‘scurrilous’ or ‘grossly indecent’ or ‘intended for blackmail’. However, this bill was withdrawn after one year.

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