Rashmi Ranjan

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on Tuesday drew Odisha government’s attention to the house of former chief minister and freedom fighter, Nabakrushna Choudhuri that is now lying in a dilapidated condition in Angul district.

Raising the matter during the ongoing budget session of the House, the BJD MLA said the Baji Rout Chhatrabas where the former chief minister spent most of his time is now crying for attention.

The freedom fighter’s residence does not even have a proper thatched roof, Patnaik said while showing the pictures of the house in the Assembly.

“In my opinion, Nabakrushna Choudhuri, the former chief minister, has a unique personality. He even stepped down from the CM post over a silly matter and worked for the betterment of Odia people till his last breath. Former Presidents, Governors also visited Choudhuri’s house,” Patnaik said.

“However, the house is now lying in a dilapidated condition. If one guide takes some visitors to the place, he will feel ashamed to say this is where Choudhuri once used to live,” he added.

Echoing similar views, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra said Odisha government must take necessary steps to preserve the memories of the tall leaders of the State.

“We must respect the tall leaders of the motherland who dedicated their lives for a greater cause. The house of the former minister must be preserved as it will be an inspiration for the future generation,” said Mishra.

(Reported by Harihar Chand, OTV)