Plants Cm Peepal Plant On Gandhi Jayanti | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 153rd birthday.
Naveen said the solemn occasion of Gandhi Jayanti has special significance this year as the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of independence.
On this occasion, there was a celebration of peace, non-violence and freedom in Lok Seva Bhawan during which the Chief Minister urged the people to unite to make India strong in the spirit of peace, non-violence and brotherhood.
The Chief Minister also planted a peepal tree in the premises of Lok Seva Bhawan (State Secretariat) with soil and water collected from various parts of the state and named it the “Freedom Tree”. “.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that “the tree will be a messenger of peace, freedom and non-violence for all of us”.
The Chief Minister also received the “Ahimsa Rath”, which traveled for 49 days across the state for about 20,000 km to spread the message of non-violence.
He has also published special editions of Utkal Prasang and Odisha Review. It also released a special commemorative publication on Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Odisha.
On Gandhi Jayanti, veteran freedom fighter and Chairman of the State Freedom Fighters Association Nilamani Samal presented a charkha to the Chief Minister. Naveen also paid tribute to Samal.
A special function was also held at the State Assembly premises, attended by Governor Ganeshi Lal, the Chief Minister, President Bikram Keshari Arukha and several ministers. Gandhi Jayanti was also celebrated across the state.