Birthday Wishes Pour In As CM Naveen Turns 74

Bhubaneswar: From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union Ministers to leaders cutting across party lines, wishes poured in for Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday as he turned 74.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Naveen on the special day.

“Greetings to Odisha’s CM Shri Naveen Patnaik Ji on his birthday. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life,” Modi tweeted.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Niranjan Patnaik also wished Patnaik.

Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand art at Puri beach wishing the Chief Minister on the occasion. “Happy Birthday Naveen Patnaik Ji, the Architect of Modern Odisha,” mentioned Sudarsan on the sand art.

Mega blood donation camps under BJD’s Jeevan Bindu programme were held across Odisha to mark the occasion. Several senior leaders and party workers donated blood today on party supremo Naveen Patnaik’s birthday today.

“Blood donation camps are being organised at 60 places in the State. I am deeply grateful to all those who wished me on my birthday,” said Naveen Patnaik after meeting blood donors at party headquarters in Bhubaneswar.

Patnaik had announced that he would not celebrate his birthday in view of cyclone Fani that caused massive destruction in several parts of the state in May this year. He had also urged party workers to visit orphanages and schools meant for disabled children instead of wishing him at Naveen Niwas.