Pradeep Pattanayak

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President, Baijayant Panda on Saturday participated in the ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ campaign organized by the party's Aul unit at Deulatara village in Kendrapara district. 

Panda along with hundreds of party workers went to Deualatara village, the birthplace of martyr Kishore Chandra Rout. Panda offered his tribute to the martyr and garlanded his statue installed in the village. Later, he visited the martyr’s house and collected soil. He also garlanded the memorial pillar of martyr Sachidananda Mallick near Kandia. 

Subsequently, he visited several villages of Deulatara, Namatara, Charapada, and Panasaganda panchayats and collected soil. 

“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this campaign is underway across the nation. We are visiting villages, blocks, districts, and states and collecting soil, particularly from the houses of martyrs. The collected soil will be used in the construction of ‘Saheed Bhawan’ in New Delhi,” Panda said. 

“Today, we visited houses in Aul and Kanika and collected soil from women and elderly persons. Then we visited the place where there is the memorial pillar of martyr Sachidananda Mallick and met the departed soul’s family members. We should never ever forget the martyrs, who laid down their lives for the safety of the motherland,” he added. 

Informing about the programme, Kendrapada district BJP vice president, Krushnachandra Panda said, “Soil is collected in pots from across the nation. From here, the pot will be sent to the block, from there to the district headquarters, and then to the state capital. From there, the entire collection will be transported to New Delhi by train.”

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