Bhubaneswar, Mar 5: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid tributes to the legendary leader and former Odisha CM Biju Patnaik on his 106th birth anniversary.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter and wrote: “Biju Babu’s efforts for development in various areas are always inspirational. He dedicated his life to making Odisha a leading state and serving the people. His every work was for respecting Odia self-esteem and values. Humble tributes to the statesman and his development work,” he tweeted (translated from Odia).
Biju Patnaik was the Chief Minister of Odisha twice in the mid-60s and the first half of the 90s. The state government also observed the day as “Panchayati Raj Day” as Biju Patnaik was instrumental in decentralizing power to the grassroots level.