Mrunal Manmay Dash

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary.

The PM took to X, formerly Twitter, and wrote, “I pay homage to the legendary Biju Patnaik Ji on his birth anniversary. His visionary leadership and indomitable spirit continue to inspire generations. His contributions to our nation and his unwavering commitment to development are exemplary.”

“Today, on this special day, I look forward to being among the people of Odisha to inaugurate various projects in Chandikhole. I will also address a BJP Odisha public meeting,” he added.

Odisha Chief Minister and his son, Naveen Patnaik paid tributes to the ‘Tall Man.’ Taking to X, he wrote, “Tributes to Biju Patnaik, the creator of modern Odisha, great freedom fighter and former Chief Minister on his birth anniversary. The blueprint he drew to strengthen development involving people from all sections of the society is still guiding us. Let's remember the contribution of the ‘Vikash Purus’ and glorify our identity as an Odia and further strengthen the resolution of forming New Odisha.”

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President, Baijayant Panda also paid his homage to the late leader.

“My obeisances and tributes to the unique public leader, eminent freedom fighter, daring pilot, renowned entrepreneur and industrialist, patriot, ex-Chief Minister of Odisha, proverbial man, beloved 'Biju Babu' of Odia, the late Biju Patnaik on his birth anniversary. I am fortunate that due to our close family relationship with Biju babu, I got to know him intimately and learn a lot from him,” Panda wrote on X.

Former Union Minister Dilip Ray wrote, “Paying my sincere tribute to the architect of modern Odisha and my mentor, Shri Biju Patnaik, on his birth anniversary. A leader who continues to rule the heart of 4.5 crore Odia’s, Biju Babu was a true Statesman who was not only tall in height but taller in his spirit & mind.”

“A visionary who devoted his entire life to the cause of the people of Odisha, and who always thought of the next generation and not about the next election, Biju Babu's legacy remains a guiding light for leaders and citizens alike,” Ray wrote.

“As we pay homage to the Tall Man, let’s pledge to embody his values i.e. always take decisions guided by a commitment to the larger interests of the society. Let’s contribute to Odisha’s progress, uphold scientific temper, and trust in our capabilities to achieve greater things. This, I believe, is the most fitting tribute to the man who remains etched in our hearts,” he added.

Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary, March 5, is also observed as Panchayati Raj Diwas in Odisha.