Cuttack: Hundreds of people and leaders cutting across party lines on Tuesday took out a padyatra in the city to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhiji's visit to the Millennium City.
The padyatra which began from Cuttack Railway Station culminated at Bellview Square via Manglabag, Nuapatna, Buxi Bazar, High Court square. The rally which covered a distance of seven kilometres was attended by Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, Cuttack-Barabati MLA Md Moquim, Culture Minister Ashok Panda, senior BJD MLA Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister Samir Ranjan Dash, former MLA Prabhat Biswal, PCC president Niranjan Patnaik and some administrative officials along with a large number of city residents.
"The aim of this padyatra is to create awareness among the people on Gandhiji's ideology. We are celebrating the day as 100th anniversary of Gandhiji's visit to Cuttack. In 1921 on this day Gandhiji had landed at Cuttack station and was given a rousing welcome by around 10,000 people," Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab said.
BJD MLA Debi Mishra said “It is a most memorable moment. Irrespective of parties, leaders have come together to commemorate Gandhiji Padyatra in the historic town. People of all sections of life had welcomed him and accompanied him in the padyatra that day. In the same line, we have been inspired and took out the rally today."
Cuttack-Barabati MLA MD Moquim, who was a part of the padyatra said that the rally is meant to keep the ideology of Gandhiji alive. "Cuttack is a city of brotherhood. There is no caste, creed, communities and religion here. We all have come together to commemorate the historic padyatra which had been taken out by the Mahatma 100 years ago."
Similarly, a commemorative postal stamp will be released today in the evening on the occasion.
(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohnaty)