Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today celebrated the 98th birth anniversary of late Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.
The celebration was marked by the inauguration of a blood donation programme by chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
The CM also flagged off a mini marathon in which the participants covered a distance of six km from the Biju Patnaik Park to Kalinga Stadium, organized by the Sports and Youth Affairs department.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary, saying he was an “outstanding personality” whose contribution to the state and the country will always be remembered.
Biju Patnaik, father of current Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was born in 1916 and passed away in 1997. He was a two-time Chief Minister of Odisha. He also served as a union minister in the Morarji Desai government from 1977 to 1980.
After a brief truce, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik was today back to doing what he knows best: bashing the Centre for its alleged ‘step-motherly’ attitude to Odisha.
The occasion for the revival of this tried and tested formula of political survival was a function organised at the BJD headquarters here to mark the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik after whom the party has been named.