Naveen remembers Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik remembered Lala Lajpat Rai on the freedom fighter’s birth anniversary today.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the Odisha CM wrote: Humble tributes to great freedom fighter and patriot, Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary. He was a nationalist and a great exponent of Swadeshi movement. His deep love for the country and sacrifice continue to inspire.”



Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the most prominent and inspirational leaders of India’s struggle for independence. He was born on 28 January 1865. His birth anniversary is celebrated as Lala Lajpat Rai Jayanti every year.

Popularly known as ‘Punjab Kesari’ or the ‘Lion of Punjab’, Lala Lajpat Rai was an outstanding leader, statesman, historian and educationist, distinguished editor, ardent social and religious reformer and powerful orator.

He was one of the three prominent leaders of the Congress’ who made up the trinity Lal-Bal-Pal (Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal).