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Ex-PM Deve Gowda seeks Bharat Ratna for Biju Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, January 27, 2018: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Saturday said the Government of India must bestow the country's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna to freedom fighter and former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.

Recalling the great contribution of the legendary leader both during pre-independence and post-independence period, the former PM said that, “I strongly feel that the Government of India must confer the Bharat Ratna to Biju Patnaik as he rightly deserves the highest award of the country.”

He was speaking at the release of a pictorial biography of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik titled ‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’ at the Utkal Mandap here.

In December 2015, the Odisha Assembly adopted a resolution empowering the State Government to make a demand before the Centre for conferring Bharat Ratna on Biju Patnaik posthumously.

He also advocated that the book should be translated in other languages so that the people of the country will know what a personality Biju Patnaik was and his contribution to the nation.

“Not only in Hindi or Odia or English the book should also published in all languages,” said Gowda adding that, he was himself surprised to see the book.

“This book 'The Tall Man' must be published in all languages because I was myself surprised when I went through the book. Everybody should know about Biju Patnaik,” added the former Prime Minister.

On the occasion, the former PM shared his experience that how the help of Biju Patnaik made him the Karnataka Chief Minister and also the Prime Minister of India.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee released the pictorial biography of the former Odisha CM in the presence of former Gowda, former Deputy PM LK Advani, and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri.

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