Bhubaneswar: Completing 12 years in the
government, the BJD on Monday vowed to step up its battle against
central "negligence" towards Orissa and said it would never
compromise with the interest of the state and its pride.
This was stated by BJD president and Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik here while addressing a function marking the
96th birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik.
The late senior Patnaik`s birth anniversary was also
being observed as Panchayati Raj Day in the state.
"The BJD will never compromise with the state`s
interest and its pride. We will continue to fight against the
Centre as successive central governments ignored Orissa`s
interest," Patnaik who had taken oath of the office as the
Chief Minister on March 5, 2000, said at the party office.
Asking party workers to work hard for eradicating
poverty from the state, a dream of Biju Patnaik, the Chief
Minister said his government was committed to work for the
welfare of the weaker section. "We have launched several
schemes for the welfare of the tribals, dalits, women and
weaker section," Patnaik said.
Stating that women empowerment was one of the dreams
of Biju Patnaik, he said his father was first in the country
to empower women by reserving 33 per cent of seats in the
three-tier Panchayat system.
"I hope woman Panchayat representatives of Orissa will
rise to the occasion and prove themselves as the best in the
country," Patnaik said.
The day also witnessed marathon race, competitions
among students, meetings and cultural events at different
parts of the state.