Bhubaneswar: The Foundation Day of Odisha or Utkal Diwas is celebrated on April 1 to mark the contributions of the leaders who made it possible to form Odisha as a separate state. But this year, the celebration is more about rivalry than revelry with the BJD government and BJP vying to attract people to colourful programmes each is hosting on the occasion.
The state government has organised an evening of entertainment on the occasion at Utkal Mandap with performances by famed National reality show star Rituraj Mohanty, Odia singer Sonam Dash and well known dancer Harihar Das.
Meanwhile, famous veteran playback singer Udit Narayan will perform at Janata Maidan at an event where Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the guest. Also, BJP has planned celebrations at 999 sites across the state where Pradhan and Union minister Radha Mohan Singh will do a marathon project launch and foundation stone laying. Pradhan will also launch BSiv fuel nationally from Bhubaneswar to mark Utkal Diwas.