New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday presided over the meeting on the Birth Centenary Celebrations of legendary statesman and visionary leader Biju Patnaik in New Delhi. The Vice President of India, Dr. M. Hamid Ansari graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Among other dignitaries who attended the Centenary Celebrations include Justice A.K. Patnaik, Ministers of Odisha, Members of Parliament and Odisha Legislative Assembly and many eminent personalities.
On the occasion VP Ansari released a Book titled ‘Biju Babu as Legislator” by Ramakanta Das. Chief Minister released another Book titled “A Visionary Leader of the Century” published by Odisha Live.
In his address to a huge gathering Chief Minister Patnaik re-called the signal contribution made by Biju Babu in laying the foundation of Modern Odisha. He stated that Biju Babu was one of the most celebrated leaders of his time. He was an idol, a cherished icon for the people of Odisha. Starting his career as a pilot, he took part in the freedom movement, succeeded as an entrepreneur, then left everything to serve the people of Odisha. His only ambition was to take Odisha forward on the path of progress and modernisation.
CM Patnaik concluded his address by stating that Biju Babu is not only our inspiration…he is an idea in continuity. He symbolises for us Odia self esteem, empowerment and progress. He thanked the gathering for standing up to the ideals of Biju Babu and for displaying their enthusiasm in celebrating the Birth Centenary of Odisha’s legendary statesman and a visionary leader.