Odisha Pays Tribute To Biju Patnaik On His 103rd Birth Anniversary
Bhubaneswar: The people of Odisha and outside paid rich tributes to legendary leader Biju Patnaik or Bijayananda Patnaik on his 103rd birth anniversary today. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and political leaders from different parties paid floral tributes at the statue of Biju babu on the occasion. His birthday is observed as ‘Panchayati Raj Diwas’ in Odisha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to remember Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary.
Remembering Biju Babu on his Jayanti. His noteworthy efforts for Odisha’s development continue to be cherished by generations. He undertook numerous measures for empowerment of the poor and marginalised during his long years in public service.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 5, 2019
A brave and a revolutionary leader, Biju Patnaik was born to Laxminarayan and Ashalata Patnaik on March 5, 1916, at Cuttack in Odisha. After passing out with a degree in Aeronautics from the Aeronautical Training Institute of India, Biju babu started his career with the Indian National Airways.
He was imprisoned in 1945 for taking part in the Quit India Movement. Later, Biju babu also played a prominent role in the Nepalese democratic movement and Indonesia’s struggle for freedom from the Dutch rule. For his exemplary contribution to the Indonesian freedom struggle, he was conferred with the highest civilian award in Indonesia titled ‘Bhumi Putra’.
Biju Babu served as the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1961 to 1963 and again from 1990 to 1995. He passed away on April 17, 1997, in New Delhi. At present, his son and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik is the Chief Minister of Odisha and has been working tirelessly for the people of the state for 19 years.
In order to pay a rich tribute to the legendary ‘Son of the Soil’ on his 103rd birth anniversary, Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to launch the ‘Gharey Gharey Shankha: Matamata Diyanti Apana, Palana Karanti Naveen’ (Conch in every house: Opinion by you, Naveen complies) from Tuesday.
The programme has been divided into two parts- the first part calls for public opinion on the performance of the state government whereas, in the second part, people will give their earnest opinions on what they want the government to do if the party comes back to power in the state.
— Kalinga TV (@Kalingatv24x7) March 4, 2019
The campaign will reach out to around 86 lakh households across the state to collect their opinions as to prepare the manifesto of the Naveen Patnaik led ruling party for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to all state-level office bearers, MPs, MLAs and senior leaders of the party to make the programme a success.
Furthermore, the sports and youth affairs department organized the annual Biju Patnaik mini-marathon on the occasion of Biju Jayanti. The mini-marathon commenced from Forest Park and ended at Kalinga Stadium in the city.