“Achhe Din (Good days) has already come for Odisha. It has come in form of Droupadi Murmu as Mahamim (President of India), Dharmendra Pradhan as Education Minister, Ashwini Vaishaw as Railways Minster, Bishweswar Tudu as Tribals Welfare Minister and an Odia heading the Reserve Bank of India. The Centre is working for development of Odisha taking the State Government along,” he claimed.
Gracing as the chief guest, Shah was speaking at the 75th Year Celebration of the Odia daily “The Prajatantra” here today.
He expressed happiness over Murmu becoming the President of India. “A woman of a poor tribal family of Odisha has become the Mahamahim of the country. It is a matter of pride for the entire tribal community of the country,” he said.
The Union Minister briefed how Sardar Ballabhbhai Patel and founder editor of Prajatantra Dr Harekrushna Mahatab worked in tandem for addition of Riyasats in the country. He paid riche tributes to Dr Mahatab for his contribution for the development of Odisha.
Shah started his speech with “Jaya Jagannath”. He too narrated how Lord Jagannath has bonded the entire area connecting the east to the west. “I have come from the west to the east. There is a sea and here is a also sea. Ahmedabad has a Jagannath Temple and here a Jagannath Temple in Puri. Whenever I come to the east, I pay my respect to this great soil,” said Shah.
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