PM Modi tweets to wish Odisha on Utkal Divas

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took to Twitter to wish Odisha on the occasion of Utkal Divas, being celebrated with pomp and grandeur to mark the foundation day of State on April 1.

In his tweet, the Prime Minister highlighted the glorious past of Odisha and culture and shared picture of his Puri visit.

“I convey my greetings to the kind and industrious people of Odisha and hope that Odisha’s development will attain new heights”, the Prime Minister said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too extended his greetings to people on Twitter on the occasion. “Our focus is on making Odisha a leading state in the country,” Naveen wrote on the occasion of 81st anniversary of Utkal Divas.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari also greeted the people and said :”Odisha has a rich cultural heritage reflected in the diversity of its monuments, arts, sculptures, literature, dance and music.”

Utkal Divas is celebrated every year to commemorate the sacrifices of people for the formation of Odisha province in 1936, then named as Orissa.

In ancient times, Odisha was named as Utkal which was a part of the Kalinga dynasty. The formation of Odisha, which was earlier part of Bihar, was on linguistic basis as a separate province in 1936.