Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid homage to freedom fighter, legendary leader and former CM Biju Patnaik (5 March, 1916 – 17 April, 1997) on his birth anniversary.
Modi praised Biju Babu’s noteworthy efforts for Odisha’s development and numerous measures taken by him for empowerment of poor people.
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
Similarly, the Chief Minister described Biju Babu’s efforts for development in the areas of education, industries and women empowerment as “inspirational”.
ମହାନ ଜନନାୟକ, ସ୍ଵାଧୀନତା ସଂଗ୍ରାମୀ ତଥା ପୂର୍ବତନ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ବିଜୁ ବାବୁଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ମୋର ବିନମ୍ର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରତ୍ୟେକ ସ୍ମାରକୀରେ ରହିଛି ତାଙ୍କ କାଳଜୟୀ ସ୍ପର୍ଶ। ଶିକ୍ଷା, ଶିଳ୍ପ, ନାରୀ ସଶକ୍ତିକରଣ ସହ ସବୁ ଶ୍ରେଣୀର ଲୋକଙ୍କ ସର୍ବାଙ୍ଗୀନ ଉନ୍ନତି ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କ ନିରନ୍ତର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ସର୍ବଦା ପ୍ରେରଣାଦାୟୀ। pic.twitter.com/oIwYnmrIWc
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 5, 2019
He also paid floral tributes near the statue of Biju Patnaik at the Forest Park here.