Bhubaneswar: Odisha pays rich tributes to former CM Biju Patnaik on his death anniversary. CM Naveen Patnaik pays tributes to legendary Biju Patnaik on his death anniversary.
The ruling BJD has planned a statewide observation of the 20th death anniversary of legendary leader Biju Patnaik. The BJD, named after Biju Patnaik, has also decided to organise meetings in all gram panchayats, blocks and district headquarters in memory of the leader, considered as the architect of modern Odisha, the sources said.
Former chief minister and former union minister Biju Patnaik had passed away on April 17, 1997 after which his younger son Naveen Patnaik entered politics and formed the BJD.
Since his entry into politics, Naveen has not lost any election as the president of Biju Janata Dal. He has continued as chief minister thrice in a row from 2000 to 2017 and is confident of retaining power after this election.