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State celebrates birth anniversary of Netaji

Bhubaneswar: The state on Sunday commemorated and paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Veer Surendra Sai on their 144th and 203rd birth anniversary with chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurating the newly made arch at Janakinath Bhawan at Odia Bazaar in Cuttack, the birthplace of Netaji.

After the inauguration, Patnaik visited the Netaji museum.

“On Netaji’s birth anniversary I inaugurated the beautiful gate and also laid the foundation stone for a tourist park next to his birth place”, said chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

On the occasion, the streets of Cuttack were packed with crowds participating in patriotic rallies in remembrance of the prominent freedom fighter. A large number of visitors were witnessed at Janakinath Bhawan who were paying homage to the statue of Netaji. School children dressed up like Netaji visited the Netaji museum.

Famous Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is in Orissa these days also visited Netaji’s birthplace and paid obeisance to the great freedom fighter.

“Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is the pride of Cuttack, Orissa, Bengal and of the whole nation. He is the ideal for not only patriots of India but also patriots of the world”, said Yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

Meanwhile, meetings and programmes were organized at Khinda village in Sambalpur, the birthplace of Veer Surendra Sai to commemorate his sacrifice. People paid homage to the freedom fighter on his 203rd birth anniversary.

“Surendra Sai had sacrificed his life for our village and for the entire nation. We feel proud for him”, said great grandson of Surendra Sai, Lal Virendra Sai.

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