Cuttack, Jan 24: Yesterday, Odisha celebrated the birth anniversary of firebrand freedom fighters, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Veer Surendra Sai. The Odisha CM, Naveen Patnaik paid floral tribute to Bose at the Janakinath Bhawan, Bose’s birth place turned museum, at the Odia Bazar in Cuttack on his 120th birth anniversary. Addressing the gathering, Patnaik stated that everyone must remember the tremendous sacrifices and great work that Bose made and did for the country. Patnaik later had a looked around the galleries of the museum and also paid visit to where Bose was born. The chief minister also offered floral tribute to Surendra Sai’s statue inside the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
In the morning, a yajna was performed at the birth room of Netaji. The museum was later kept open for the public after a Ramdhun. Several dignitaries, students and political leaders offered floral tribute to the status of the freedom fighter. A documentary on three freedom fighters of Odisha who had joined Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauz was also screened at the museum hall. Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Panda, who was present on the occasion, said efforts are being made for infrastructure development of the Netaji’s birthplace and museum. Besides, the interpretation centre will soon be added in front of Janakinath Bhawan in the Netaji Trust at the earliest.
Meanwhile, RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat visited Khinda village, the birth place of freedom fighter, Veer Surendra Sai on the occasion of his 208th birth anniversary and offered floral tribute to his statue. He also met and discussed with the family members of Sai.