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President dedicates Odisha's Anand Bhawan museum to people

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on Saturday dedicated the and Learning Centre, the ancestral house of late former Chief Biju Patnaik, to the people of

Kovind, who is here on a two-day visit, inaugurated the museum in the presence of S.C. Jamir, Biju Patnaik's son and Chief Naveen and other officials.

Remembering the contribution of Biju Patnaik, the said his legacy was above party politics and not only but all of was proud of him.

He said 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).

"When was of Steel, he was called the Steel Man in Delhi," Kovind said.

Paying rich tributes to Biju Patnaik, the said that it was an honour to pay homage to Chandra Bose and in the historic city as both had played a crucial role in the freedom struggle.

was born on March 5, 1916, at Anand Bhawan, built by his father

In January 2015, Biju Patnaik's sons and donated the property to the state government, following which it was developed into a museum and

The museum features various personal belongings of Biju Patnaik, including his childhood photographs and other belongings, and also explains his role in the freedom struggle of and

"Started my visit by paying tributes to at his birthplace and ancestral home in Netaji is cherished, remembered and missed to this day all over the country," tweeted the President.

Kovind will also deliver the third 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 (-Indian Oil Corporation)

He will also lay the foundation stone for the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs, before returning to



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First Published: Sat, March 17 2018. 14:44 IST