Manoj Sinha to offer tributes to Chakhi Khuntia today

Bhubaneswar: As part of the second phase of the BJP’s nationwide ‘Yaad Karo Kurbani’ campaign in the state, Union Telecommunications Minister Manoj Sinha will visit the native place of Chandan Hajuri, popularly known as Chakhi Khuntia, at Harachandi Sahi in Puri town on Saturday.

According to reports, the Union minister will reach Sakhigopal at 10.45 today and will offer floral tributes to the Panchasakha. He will also offer a garland to the statue of Gopabandhu in front of Sakhigopal temple. He will then proceed to Chandanpur in a bike rally, party sources said.

On his way to Chandanpur, he will offer floral tributes to Jayi Rajguru. Later, he will hold discussions with the family members of Chakhi Khuntia.

Later in the day, he will visit the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri and offer puja to the deities. He will also attend an ‘Ujjwala Yojna’ programme.

On Wednesday, two Union ministers visited Sambalpur and Dhenkanal districts to pay tributes to freedom fighters from the state.

Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram had visited Khinda village in Sambalpur to pay his respects to freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. To mark the occasion, party workers and leaders visited the village in a rally. Senior leader Suresh Pujari accompanied Oram during the programme.

Consumer Affairs minister Chhotu Ram Chaudhary visited the birthplace of martyr Baji Rout, the teenage boatman who laid down his life for the cause of Indian independence, at Nilakanthapur village in Bhuban block of Dhenkanal district and paid rich tributes to one of the youngest freedom fighters.

A bike rally was organised from Baji Rout square to Bhuban in Nilakanthapur by the members of the saffron party. Senior party leaders like Rudra Pani and Dhenkanal district unit president were present during the occasion.

The ‘Yaad Karo Kurbani’ programme, organized by the saffron party to offer tributes to freedom fighters all over the country, has started from August 9 and would culminate on August 23.