Chouhan who was appointed as a spokesperson for BJD was also a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bajrang Dal.
Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Subash Chouhan, who had switched from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just before the Lok Sabha election last year, died at a hospital in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar on Sunday morning days after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
He was 54.
Chouhan, who hailed from western Odisha district of Bargarh, was being treated at the Bhubaneswar-based hospital for the last couple of days. A bachelor, he is survived by his parents and brother.
The former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal member was made the chairperson of the Western Odisha Development Council, an official body that looks after the development of 10 western districts including Bargarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Nuapada, in September last year.
Known for his organisational skills, Chouhan had joined the BJD in March last year after a feud with BJP leader and Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan whom he accused of denying him the party ticket for the Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he had narrowly lost the election as a BJP candidate from the Bargarh seat.
After he joined the BJD, Subhash Chouhan was appointed as the ruling party’s general secretary and one of its spokespersons.
He was made the BJD’s observer for Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh and Sambalpur districts for the 2019 parliamentary elections and spearheaded chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s election campaign at the Bijepur assembly constituency.
During his three-decade-long association with the RSS and later Bajrang Dal, Chouhan was RSS’ joint prachar pramukh between 2000 and 2003 and the national convenor of Bajrang Dal.
Chouhan had shot into controversy in 1999 when he alleged that the slain Australian missionary Graham Staines was proselytising tribals in the hinterlands of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts. In all these years, he held forth on his strong views on proselytisation by the missionaries in Kandhamal and other districts of the state.