New Delhi: With the state celebrating Biju Centennial this year a ceremony to remember the legend in a national level front has been held at Weight Lifting Auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in collaboration with Odisha Associations of Delhi and NCR.
Gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest Hamid Ansari, along with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, party leaders, MLAs, Ministers, MPs , important Odia dignitaries from in and outside of state are present during the ceremony.
Speaking to a massive crowd of thousands inside the stadium VP Hamid Ansari recollected some of the great legendary achievements of Biju Ptnaik. Terming Biju Babu as one of a man of rare occurrences, a brave ideologist, socialist Ansari said one of the few people in the nation have had legendary status cross border and one of them is Biju Babu. There was generation of leaders, who played a role in service of good causes and Biju Babu was among them. A man conferred with highest civilian awards Biju Babu was of three countries Indonesia for their support of independence, Soviet Union, and India of course, he said.
“He was not just a political leader but also an aeronautical engineer, and a man of unimpeachable integrity Biju babu was a socialist at heart and a firm believer of democracy,” Ansari said.
“He was deeply impressed by Nehru’s ideas of scientific revolution, the quest for industrial devolution, and inspired by greats like Mahatma, Gopabandhu Das, Madhusudan he set up Kalinga awards and foundation for popularizing the spirit of science and tech,” Ansari said.
The CM presided over the meeting while former Judge Supreme Court of India AK Patnaik acted as the Chief Speaker.
Events on Odia culture, tradition, arts and crafts, besides a memorial ceremony on the achievements of the nationalist leader Biju Patnaik, cultural events showcased by noted theatre stars from Odia film industry is also being a part of the ceremony.
Jointly organized by BJD and different Odia associations based in Delhi and its nearby national capital region it is one of the few initiatives to be organized in the national capital based solely on a Odia leader and is considered to be front runner of BJD’s mark in national level.