Odisha's tourism and culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda faced protests by locals when he arrived here to attend a programme to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of poet Gangadhara Meher.
The locals agitated before him demanding the installation of a statue of eminent poet Upendra Bhanja, who hailed from Ganjam district.
Panda assured that Bhanja's statue would be put up and his birthplace Kullad would be developed as a tourist spot at an investment of Rs 50 lakh.
At the programme he unveiled a statue of poet Gangadhara Meher.
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