Biju Patnaik Deserves Bharat Ratna: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

**New Delhi/Bhubaneswar:** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asserted that legendary freedom fighter-cum-statesman Biju Patnaik deserves to be conferred on with the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.

Talking to media at the national capital on Tuesday, the Odisha CM, who is also the high command of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) named after his father Biju Patnaik, reiterated BJD’s longstanding demand.

Biju Patnaik, popular as Biju Babu, was also the Chief Minister of Odisha.

Naveen Patnaik also batted for another outstanding demand of according special category status to Odisha by the Centre.

Notably, BJD MPs on the day staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha over their longstanding demand of special category status for Odisha.

The Odisha CM also put all speculations to rest when he ruled out any reshuffle of his cabinet in near future.