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Modi pays tribute to Biju Patnaik

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to legendary leader and former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on his 102nd birth anniversary.

“Remembering the great Biju Babu on his Jayanti. He was a visionary who tirelessly served the people of Odisha and the nation. His efforts empowered lakhs of people and freed them from the clutches of poverty,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Bijayananda Patnaik, popularly known as Biju Patnaik was born on March 5, 1916, in Cuttack.

His son, Naveen Patnaik, formed the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a state political party of in 1997, named after his father. (IANS)