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Lenka flays move to name Odisha agri varsity after Biju; bats for Dr Mahatab

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 3:

Decrying the move to name the Odisha University of Agriculture University (OUAT) after Biju Patnaik, senior Congress leader Kanhu Charan Lenka has demanded that the premier agriculture university in the state be named after its founder Dr Harekrushna Mahatab instead.
K C  LENKAIn a statement here, Lenka said OUAT was set up in 1960 when Dr Mahatab was the Chief Minister of Odisha.

Since then, the demand to name the University after him has been consistently made by many individuals, organisations and intellectuals of the state.

“I have the highest regard for Biju Patnaik, who was an MLA at the time. If he was alive today, I am sure,  he would not have liked the idea of the Agriculture University being named after him”, Lenka said in the statement.

Dubbing the proposal to name OUAT after Biju Patnaik, reportedly approved at the academic council of the university, as ‘unrealistic and sycophantic’, the former Union minister urged chief minister Naveen Patnaik and the board of management of the university not to accept the proposal and name it after Dr Mahatab, its founder, if the rechristening of the institution, if at all, is being contemplated .

 

 

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  1. After a few days when you ask a gentleman about the location of the nearest Sulabh Souchalaya in Bhubaneswar then the gentleman will guide you in the following way :-

    Go straight on Biju Patnaik National Highway, turn left after crossing Biju Patnaik Red Light, then one Biju Patnaik square will come, then turn right, after this Biju Patnaik Park will come then again go straight, then turn right from Biju Patnaik Drain then cross Biju Patnaik Cremation Ground then turn left you will get Biju Patnaik Secretariat then again turn right you will reach Biju Patnaik Governor House and again turn right you will reach Biju Patnaik Sulabh Souchalaya…

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  2. I am requesting Sri Naveen Patnaik not to compel us to change our fathers’ names to Bij…………….. Patn……..

    WITH REGARDS
    JAYANTA KUMAR DAS, S/O LATE NARASINGHA CHARAN DAS,

    MY FUTURE POSTAL ADDRESS:-
    VILLAGE : BIJU PATNAIK, TAHASIL: BIJU PATNAIK, BLOCK: BIJU PATNAIK, POLICE STATION: BIJU PATNAIK, DISTRICT- BIJU PATNAIK, STATE- BIJU PATNAIK.

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