Raising the issue of political discrimination against Odisha allegedly by the BJP-led NDA government, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked people to intensify fight against the Centre for their rights.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to late Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik on his 98th birth anniversary, saying he was an "outstanding personality" whose contribution to the state and the country will always be remembered.
Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD MLAs and MP Friday criticised the Centre for not conferring the Bharat Ratna on Biju Patnaik and demanded that the nation's highest civilian award be given to the former Odisha Chief Minister.
In a strategic move coinciding with the second and last phase of polling in Odisha tomorrow, the ruling BJD has planned a statewide observation of the 17th death anniversary of legendary leader Biju Patnaik.
The BJD on Wednesday ridiculed Narendra Modi for speaking highly of Biju Patnaik and claimed Jawaharlal Nehru had chosen the legendary Odisha leader to be the defence minister but could not as leaders from Gujarat and Maharashtra opposed the move.
Barely two days after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor praised Naveen Patnaik for good governance in Odisha, another Union Minister Srikant Jena has held the Chief Minister responsible for the backwardness and poverty of the state.