Bhubaneswar, 5th March 2017 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The 101st Birth Anniversary of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik was observed in the state today.

A series of programmes were conducted across the state to mark the occasion and completion of year-long Birth Centenary celebration of the former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid floral tribute at the statue of the Visionary Leader Biju Babu at the Biju Patnaik Park, Bhubaneswar in the morning. He also flagged off a crowded 5 km long mini marathon to mark the celebration, which was started from Biju Patnaik Park culminated at the Kalinga Stadium. Around 3,000 people took part in the marathon.

To commemorate the occasion, a function was organized at the state Assembly. Along with the cabinet members, the Chief Minister was present at the event. He also garlanded the statue of Biju Patnaik on the Assembly premises.

The Chief Minister also addressed a meeting organized at BJD party office to celebrate the birth anniversary of the former Odisha Chief Minister. Highlighting Biju Babu’s contribution to the state as well as the nation, the CM said that his Government has initiated significant steps towards women empowerment and development of youth. Among others, Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra and MSME Minister Jogendra Behera were present on the occasion.

In the afternoon, Shri Naveen Patnaik attended a function at Paradeep organized by the Biju Memorial Trust to celebrate the 101st Birth Anniversary of Biju Patnaik. Besides addressing a meeting, he also inaugurated a minar named as ‘Biju Minar’ and a yatri niwas at Paradeep.

Panchayati Raj Department and the Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR) had also jointly organized an event at Adivasi ground, Bhubaneswar to celebrate the occasion. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the event as the Chief Guest. “Biju Babu was above narrow political interests. His contribution to the society has made him popular even today”, he stated. A documentary on Biju Babu, prepared by I&PR department was screened at the event. Different cultural programs were also organized to mark the occasion. Ministers of almost all departments, MPs, MLAs and other noted personalities joined the programme.

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