Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on the latter’s 104th birth anniversary.
Remembering Biju Babu, the Prime Minister posted on Twitter a document of 1945 to highlight the courage shown by Patnaik in flying then underground leader Ram Manohar Lohia. Patnaik was an accomplished aviator.
“Biju Babu worked tirelessly for India’s progress and pioneered the development of Odisha,” Modi said.
Remembering Biju Babu on his Jayanti. This document from the pages of history (dated 1945) gives a glimpse of his courage (flying Dr. Lohia, who was then underground) and excellence.
Biju Babu worked tirelessly for India’s progress and pioneered the development of Odisha. pic.twitter.com/XLEjzOFEiQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 5, 2020
Biju Patnaik’s son and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also paid tribute to his father on the occasion.
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସ୍ଵାଭିମାନର ପ୍ରତୀକ, ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସ୍ରଷ୍ଟା, ମହାନ ଜନନାୟକ ତଥା ପୂର୍ବତନ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ବିଜୁ ବାବୁଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ବିନମ୍ର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ଦେଶର ସ୍ଵାଧୀନତାରେ ତାଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ। ତାଙ୍କ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସ୍ଵାଭିମାନ, ରାଜନୈତିକ ମୂଲ୍ୟବୋଧ ଓ ନୀତିଆଦର୍ଶକୁ ପାଥେୟ କରି ନୂଆ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଗଠନ ପାଇଁ ଆମେ ପ୍ରତିଶ୍ରୁତିବଦ୍ଧ। pic.twitter.com/dzYKpT1sCh
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 5, 2020