Bhubaneswar: Cutting across party lines, politicians from all over the State paid rich tributes to former Chief Minister Janaki Ballav Patnaik on the occasion of his first death anniversary on Thursday.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a 10-ft statue of the three-time chief minister at a park named after him at Khurda.
The chief minister said, “Today is first death anniversary of the former chief minister JB Patnaik. He was an erudite scholar and eminent literary figure. He served the country in various capacities. I pay my sincere tributes to him.”
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister, who was present at the function, stated, “Janaki Babu is a symbol of our Odia glory. His life has inspired many. I feel myself lucky to be attending his first death anniversary.”
Niranjan Patnaik, Senior Congress leader, said, “We should be inspired by his vision and work for the development of the State.”
Lulu Mohapatra, senior Congress leader, said, “He (Janaki Ballav Patnaik) used to say if I have to drink poison for the interest of Congress, I will do the same.”
At Athagarh and Cuttack, the local Congress units held functions to mark the occasion and paid tributes to the former chief minister.
Prakash Behera, President, Cuttack District Congress Committee, said, “No one can match his (Janaki Ballav Patnaik’s) qualities. On his first death anniversary, not only the Congress, the whole state remembers him.”