He said Biju Patnaik was one among the prominent leaders in the country who always advocated for women empowerment and did everything for the honour and people of Kalinga (the erstwhile name and identity of Odisha).
Paying rich tributes to Biju Patnaik, the President said that it was an honour to pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Biju Patnaik in the historic Cuttack city as both had played a crucial role in the freedom struggle.
"Started my Odisha visit by paying tributes to Netaji Subhas at his birthplace and ancestral home in Cuttack. Netaji is cherished, remembered and missed to this day all over the country," tweeted the President.
Kovind will also deliver the third foundation day lecture at the National Law University, Cuttack, on Saturday.
On Sunday, the President will address the centenary celebrations of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Puri. On the same day, in Bhubaneswar, he will grace the convocation of IIT Bhubaneswar as well as inaugurate the ICT-IOC (Institute of Chemical Technology -Indian Oil Corporation) Bhubaneswar campus.
He will also lay the foundation stone for the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs, before returning to Delhi.
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