Rich Tributes were paid to the legendary leader Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also joined the people in paying tributes to Biju Babu.
"On his birth anniversary, I pay my tributes to the beloved Biju Babu. He served society with diligence and positively impacted many lives," the Prime Minister tweeted.
"My tributes to the legendary leader Biju Babu on his birth anniversary and he was a true statesman and son of soil," said Mr.Oram.
Mr.Pradhan said "My reverence to the former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik."
On this occasion at the State BJD office here, President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lashed out at the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre accusing it of scrapping many welfare programs.
"The Centre has stopped many welfare programs ignoring the interest of the people living in tribal dominated and backward areas," Mr.Patnaik said.
However, the state government continues to implement the programs utilizing its own resources to safeguard the interest of the people of the state, he said.
Noting that significant progress has been achieved in different sectors in the state, the Chief Minister said the state has witnessed substantial development since the year 2000 with improvements in infrastructure, increase in people's income, growth in employment opportunities and rise in production and flow of investment.
While women have been effectively empowered, youths have also been endowed with self confidence in the state, he said.
"Development achieved in different spheres in the state are being overlooked by these people as they are busy launching false propaganda against BJD-ruled Odisha," said Minister Industries Debi Prasad Mishra.
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma alleged that the Centre has all along been attempting to keep Odisha poor.
However, State BJP President Basanta Kumar Panda alleged that BJD is politicizing the birth anniversary of a great statesman and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
It is unfortunate that after being in power for 17 years, the people are sensing an ‘inert and inefficient government,’ Mr.Panda told Media while reacting to the Chief Minister’s blame on Central Government.
“Biju Patnaik is a symbol of self-pride for State. His birth anniversary is a holy occasion and it should not have been politicised,” he added.
Mr.Panda said any expert will find after an analysis that the dreams of Biju Babu has been shattered by the party named after him.