Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 26:
Ahead of the birth centenary celebrations of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik to be celebrated next year, BJP legislator from Rourkela and former Union minister Dilip Ray has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer Bharat Ratna on Patnaik.
“Late Biju Patnaik was one of the rare breed of leaders whose field of action was not confined to the state or national territories, but transcended to the international theatre. Although he engaged himself with the civilian political activities, his aviation prowess pulled him into many military operations authorised by various governments where his exploits became a part of the modern folklore. He was awarded the highest civilian honour of Indonesia ‘Bhumi Putra’ for his heroic contribution for that country. He proved himself to be a leader having a vision for the whole humanity when he instituted the prestigious Kalinga award in UNESCO which is conferred every year on emininet scientists of the world. His multi faceted personality, daredevilry, vision and his contribution to the country makes a fit case for conferment of Bharat Ratna on this eminent son of the soil,” Ray worte in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Recently, the state government passed a resolution seeking the highest civilian honour for Biju Patnaik who is called as the architect of modern Odisha.
“People irrespective of their political affiliations and ideologies in the state are united in their voice demanding Bharat Ratna for the great leader and it is time the collective sentiments of people of the state taken cognizance by your esteemed office,” Ray added.