Utkala Dibasa: CM Patnaik Pays Tribute to Gopabandhu, Gandhi

On the occasion of Utkala Dibasa, CM Naveen Patnaik visited Cuttack and paid his tributes to two personalities – Mahatma Gandhi and Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das by unveiling their statues.

Patnaik unveiled the statue of Utkalamani Gopabandhu, named as ‘Statue of Humanity’, at Gopabandhu Square on Cantonment Road. While addressing the media, the chief minister said that the great son of the soil is the epitome of humanity. As an inspiring personality, Gopabandhu will continue to motivate mankind to come to the service of the poor and helpless, he added.

The CM also unveiled a mural sculpture of the Father of the Nation at Bellview Square on the banks of the Kathajodi river. The mural depicts significant events of India’s freedom struggle headed by Gandhi.

“Gandhi remains to inspire the world as a pillar of truth and non-violence. His philosophy and ideologies continue to remain highly relevant in modern times. Mahatma Gandhi toured Odisha several times between 1921 and 1946 and travelled to numerous parts of Odisha to get acquainted with the issues of the state. He played a major role in the formation of a separate state of Odisha. For decades, Gandhi’s and Gopabandhu’s ideologies have inspired the youth to work dedicatedly for the development of the nation and the state,” said Patnaik.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Ministers Ranendra Pratap Swain and Pratap Jena, MPs Bhartruhari Mahtab and Subash Singh and MLAs of Cuttack district.

PM Modi too tweeted on the occasion of Odisha day. “Greetings on the special occasion of Utkala Dibasa. I bow to the unique culture of Odisha. The people of Odisha have contributed immensely to India’s progress. May the people of the state be blessed with happiness and good health,” the tweet read.

Utkala Dibasa or Utkal Divas is observed on April 1 every year as Odisha came into being on this day in 1936.

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