20th Death Anniversary Of Former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik Observed In Odisha

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20th Death Anniversary Of Former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik Observed In Odisha

Biju Patnaik is the father of incumbent Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar:  The 20th death anniversary of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik was observed in the state today. Political leaders, cutting across party lines, and people from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the leader on the occasion.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the son of the late leader, offered floral tributes to his father at a function in the assembly premises.

"On the 20th death anniversary of Biju Babu, we should remember all the great works he did for Odisha and tremendous sacrifices he made for the state," said the Chief Minister, who also visited the Biju Patnaik memorial in Puri to offer his tributes.

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which has been named after the legendary leader, organised several programmes across the state apparently to counter the impact of the BJP national executive meeting, which concluded in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
 
biju patnaik sand art

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik paid tribute to the late leader.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi took out a roadshow during the executive meeting, several stalwarts of the BJP, including the party's Chief Ministers, attended the meet.

Meanwhile, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik paid tribute to legendary Biju Patnaik by creating a sand art, requesting the Bharat Ratna for the leader. This was also echoed by several BJD leaders.

In December last year, the Odisha government had decided to incorporate the life story of Biju Patnaik in their text books.

Bijayananda Patnaik, born on March 5 in 1916, was a two-time Chief Minister of Odisha.

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