Cuttack: President Ram Nath Kovind today hailed Biju Patnaik's role in India's freedom struggle and said that not only Odisha, but the entire country is proud of the legendary leader.
The President today visited Cuttack to dedicate the Anand Bhawan Museum-cum- Learning Centre, the ancestral home of former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik in Cuttack to the nation. Kovind also visited the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose's birth place and paid his rich tributes.
After dedicating the Anand Bhawan Museum-cum- Learning Centre to the nation and visiting the Netaji's birthplace, Kovind addressed a public meeting at the Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.
'It's an honour to pay tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Biju Patnaik in Cuttack as both had played crucial role in freedom struggle. Biju Patnaik was one among the prominent leaders in country who always advocated for women empowerment and people,' said Kovind.
The President also compared the Anand Bhawan in Cuttack to war room during Indian independence war.
Highlighting the ideology and leadership of Biju Babu, Kovind, 'When he (Biju Babu) was the Union Steel Minister, people used to call him the 'Steel man of India' not the 'steel minister of India'.
The President accompanied by his wife today arrived on a two-day visit to Odisha. Kovind was welcomed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport by Governor Dr SC Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Anata Narayan Jena, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma. Later, he was given guard of honour at the airport.