Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik today met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee 6 pm at his Krishna Menon Marg residence in New Delhi.
It was just a courtesy call on Vajpayee ji to inquire regarding his health. The visit has no political significance. Odisha can never forget Atal ji. It was simply a sudden plan to meet him. The visit was not in the itinerary, CM Patnaik told to media persons.
Patnaik spent about 15 minutes with the former Prime Minister.
It should be noted that CM Naveen Patnaik is on five days tour to Delhi.
He attended the NITI Aayog meeting on Sunday at New Delhi.
Pattnaik on Sunday reiterated his demand to accord Special Category State (SCS) status to Odisha as it still has a high percentage of BPL population, most of which belong to SC and ST categories, requiring higher Central fund transfers.